Research With Young Children at Risk for Speech/Language Development Disorders For the young developing child, the acquisition of language and communication skills forms a critical linchpin for all forms of later development. In this issue, a trans-disciplinary group of researchers and researcher-practitioners portray their attempts to understand and/or foster the speech, language, and communication skills of very young children ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1999
Research With Young Children at Risk for Speech/Language Development Disorders
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Article   |   May 01, 1999
Research With Young Children at Risk for Speech/Language Development Disorders
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1999, Vol. 8, 1-2. doi:10.1044/aac8.2.1
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1999, Vol. 8, 1-2. doi:10.1044/aac8.2.1
For the young developing child, the acquisition of language and communication skills forms a critical linchpin for all forms of later development. In this issue, a trans-disciplinary group of researchers and researcher-practitioners portray their attempts to understand and/or foster the speech, language, and communication skills of very young children with developmental disabilities at high risk for developmental speech and language disorders. In our shared past, all too often, young children with developmental disabilities who did not develop speech were simply not treated. Concerns about inhibiting productive language skills overrode the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. In this issue, a range of investigations, each tapping one or more aspects of the developmental process, is presented. Each shares a perspective on critical elements of the language and communication acquisition process. They offer us emerging frameworks and evidence about factors that influence the transition to spoken language.
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