From the Coordinator This issue of Perspectives is the first of two that focus on AAC and language. Both are a follow-up to our 2008 conference, “Toward Linguistic Competence in AAC: Building and Re-Building Language,” organized by Program Chair Jan Bedrosian. We hope that you enjoy this issue, which centers on language ... Coordinator's Column
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SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2008, Vol. 17, 37-38. doi:10.1044/aac17.2.37
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2008, Vol. 17, 37-38. doi:10.1044/aac17.2.37
This issue of Perspectives is the first of two that focus on AAC and language. Both are a follow-up to our 2008 conference, “Toward Linguistic Competence in AAC: Building and Re-Building Language,” organized by Program Chair Jan Bedrosian. We hope that you enjoy this issue, which centers on language assessment and intervention in children who use AAC.
In the first article, Marc Fey proposes a strong role for intervention that targets the acquisition of grammar and syntax skills, both expressive and receptive, in children with AAC needs. In this paper, he considers principles that are the foundation of many successful grammar intervention programs with children who have specific language impairment and applies them to AAC intervention. Filip Loncke provides a psycholinguistic perspective on this topic and raises many of the language intervention issues unique to the AAC population. Ann Sutton provides intriguing commentary on the contribution of language acquisition theory to AAC intervention, with specific emphasis on the development of grammar. Cathy Binger discusses specific issues related to bound morpheme and other grammatical interventions for children who use AAC. Special thanks to Mary Wilson for her article on Chomsky's Minimalist Program and for her assistance in editing this issue. This issue also includes a brief article on practical suggestions for facilitating literacy by Amy Finch and Julie Scherz. We invite you to enjoy this wonderful volume! Look for an equally interesting issue on AAC and adult language considerations in September.
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