Understanding the Importance of the Partner in Communication Development for Individuals With Sensory and Multiple Disabilities Consider this: Communication is not just about the means of expression! Too often we see the focus of intervention placed on some symbolic form without consideration for the child's understanding of the purpose of communication. This may be particularly true for children with sensory and multiple impairments. Sensory impairments limit ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Understanding the Importance of the Partner in Communication Development for Individuals With Sensory and Multiple Disabilities
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  • Philip D. Schweigert
    New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Albuquerque, NM
  • Disclosure: Philip D. Schweigert has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Understanding the Importance of the Partner in Communication Development for Individuals With Sensory and Multiple Disabilities
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2012, Vol. 21, 167-173. doi:10.1044/aac21.4.167
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2012, Vol. 21, 167-173. doi:10.1044/aac21.4.167
Abstract

Consider this: Communication is not just about the means of expression! Too often we see the focus of intervention placed on some symbolic form without consideration for the child's understanding of the purpose of communication. This may be particularly true for children with sensory and multiple impairments. Sensory impairments limit many of these learners' access to partners and topics for communication. Additional disabilities may further restrict their means of communication due to cognitive, motor, and or sensory challenges that could hinder our ability to detect and respond to their attempts to engage their world. In this paper, I will focus on such learners and propose a broadened perspective of communication intervention especially as it relates to the development of a pre-symbolic foundation.

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