Shared Storybook Reading – An Authentic Context for Developing Literacy, Language, and Communication Skills Shared storybook reading provides an authentic context for facilitating the literacy, language, and communication skills of children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This paper discusses the research surrounding the effectiveness of shared storybook reading and provides suggestions on how to maximize the language and ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2014
Shared Storybook Reading – An Authentic Context for Developing Literacy, Language, and Communication Skills
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sally Clendon
    Speech and Language Therapy Programme, Institute of Education, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Karen Erickson
    Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilll, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Retha J. van Rensburg
    Speech and Language Therapy Programme, Institute of Education, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jessamy Amm
    Speech and Language Therapy Programme, Institute of Education, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Disclosure: Financial: Sally Clendon, Karen Erickson, Retha J. van Rensburg, and Jessamy Amm have no financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Sally Clendon, Karen Erickson, Retha J. van Rensburg, and Jessamy Amm have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Sally Clendon, Karen Erickson, Retha J. van Rensburg, and Jessamy Amm have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   September 01, 2014
Shared Storybook Reading – An Authentic Context for Developing Literacy, Language, and Communication Skills
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2014, Vol. 23, 182-191. doi:10.1044/aac23.4.182
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2014, Vol. 23, 182-191. doi:10.1044/aac23.4.182

Shared storybook reading provides an authentic context for facilitating the literacy, language, and communication skills of children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This paper discusses the research surrounding the effectiveness of shared storybook reading and provides suggestions on how to maximize the language and literacy outcomes for children who use AAC. The paper highlights how simple AAC technologies, aided language displays, and picture communication symbols can be used to support communication during shared storybook reading for beginning communicators. In addition, it outlines how systematic strategies can be implemented to extend the communication skills of children with access to comprehensive AAC systems. Finally, the paper discusses the need to select books for shared storybook reading that are appealing, engaging, and age-appropriate, and the importance of providing frequent opportunities for repeated readings.

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