Spelling Considerations for AAC Intervention Individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) due to complex communication needs and physical impairments often struggle to attain functional written language skills. This difficulty can be attributed in part to the fact that verbal language skills form the basis for later developing literacy skills. Children with well-developed ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2006
Spelling Considerations for AAC Intervention
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  • Pamela Hart
    Department of Communication Disorders, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO
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Article   |   June 01, 2006
Spelling Considerations for AAC Intervention
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2006, Vol. 15, 12-14. doi:10.1044/aac15.2.12
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2006, Vol. 15, 12-14. doi:10.1044/aac15.2.12
Individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) due to complex communication needs and physical impairments often struggle to attain functional written language skills. This difficulty can be attributed in part to the fact that verbal language skills form the basis for later developing literacy skills. Children with well-developed expressive and receptive language skills usually acquire reading and spelling skills more easily than those who exhibit deficits in early language skills (Lonigan, Burgess, & Anthony, 2000). Children with complex communication needs and physical impairments often experience difficulty acquiring early language skills because they are unable to produce intelligible speech for communication. When these children begin school, they are typically learning the language skills required to participate in literacy activities concurrently with the related literacy skills. This increased cognitive demand creates learning difficulties that can negatively affect the acquisition of both language and literacy skills (Sturm & Clendon, 2004).
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