Strategies for Incorporating Formal AAC Into Children's Earliest Communication Interactions Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by definition involves mutimodal communication at all ages. ASHA's position paper (1991) states that AAC intervention should utilize an individuals “full communication capabilities, including any residual speech or vocalizations, gestures, signs, and aided communication” (p. 1). While vocal and physical behaviors are the earliest ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2007
Strategies for Incorporating Formal AAC Into Children's Earliest Communication Interactions
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  • Cynthia J. Cress
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Article   |   April 01, 2007
Strategies for Incorporating Formal AAC Into Children's Earliest Communication Interactions
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2007, Vol. 16, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac16.1.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2007, Vol. 16, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac16.1.7
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by definition involves mutimodal communication at all ages. ASHA's position paper (1991) states that AAC intervention should utilize an individuals “full communication capabilities, including any residual speech or vocalizations, gestures, signs, and aided communication” (p. 1). While vocal and physical behaviors are the earliest forms of AAC for infants, including spontaneous and intentional behaviors, those early communicative behaviors also support the introduction of more formal AAC strategies in interactions with infants and toddlers. For the purposes of this article, formal AAC refers to devices, signs, object/picture symbols, or other aids that supplement and expand on natural behavioral AAC strategies.
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