Rethinking Sentence Formulation in AAC Individuals with severe speech and motor impairments typically compensate for their disorder by using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to express their needs, desires, and thoughts. For individuals who are not literate, graphic symbols are used as a medium of communication. Constructing messages using graphic symbols is challenging. It ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2001
Rethinking Sentence Formulation in AAC
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  • Rupal Patel
    Columbia University New York, NY and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
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Article   |   December 01, 2001
Rethinking Sentence Formulation in AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2001, Vol. 10, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac10.4.5
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2001, Vol. 10, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac10.4.5
Individuals with severe speech and motor impairments typically compensate for their disorder by using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to express their needs, desires, and thoughts. For individuals who are not literate, graphic symbols are used as a medium of communication. Constructing messages using graphic symbols is challenging. It requires that the user understand what each symbol represents and how to appropriately convey thoughts by linking symbols together. In this paper, I examine current approaches to message formulation in AAC and then provide a rationale for a new approach that better models the cognitive processes of sentence formation. Next, I present a prototype of a communication aid in which this new approach to sentence formulation is implemented. Last, I discuss the implications of alternative models of sentence formulation on language learning and development in AAC.
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