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Collection The Importance of Merging A Normal Language Development Model with AAC Service Provision

Date Created: 9/17/2016

Posts: 9

Ensuring that children who need AAC are provided with the same expressive language communication options as children who rely on speech is no simple task. Each current AAC approach supports certain aspects of language development, but no approach supports them all. Over the next two weeks, we’ll explore the relative strengths and weaknesses of current approaches and some possibilities for ensuring that no language domains are left behind.

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Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger

aaclabunm@gmail.com

Jennifer Kent-Walsh and Cathy Binger completed their doctoral degrees at Penn State University under the mentorship of Janice Light. They have been collaboratively researching ways to support the early language development of young children who need AAC for more than a decade. Cathy Binger, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of New Mexico. She is engaged in ongoing research, teaching, and service in the area of AAC. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She is also the Founding Director for the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center and a Faculty Excellence Coordinator at UCF.

​Post #1: Normal Language Development: A Model

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 9/19/2016

Today, we’ll start by presenting a broad overview of normal language development. As you see in the “Communication and Language Development: Broad Overview” visual, prelinguistic children develop prag...

Post #2: Language Domains: Why We Need Each One in AAC

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 9/22/2016

A typically-developing 18- to 24-month old child is an amazing being. At this stage, children begin to combine words (“Daddy up,” “Mama home,” “Want juice”), and then their language skills explode. Th...

Post #3: Current Approaches: Core Vocabulary Part 1

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 9/27/2016

For the next few posts, we’ll explore common approaches to building language for children who use aided AAC. Today, we’ll begin with core vocabulary. What does it mean to use a core vocabulary appro...

​Post #4: Current Approaches: Core Vocabulary Part 2

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 9/27/2016

Which aspects of normal development are addressed with core vocabulary? Pr agmatics : The child can convey a full range of pragmatic functions using core vocabulary: requesting, rejecting, com...

Post #5: Current Approaches: Taxonomic Organization Part 1

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 10/4/2016

What does it mean to use a taxonomic approach to vocabulary organization? Using a taxonomic approach to vocabulary organization involves grouping symbols by superordinate categories such as people,...

Post #6: Current Approaches: Taxonomic Organization Part 2

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 10/4/2016

Which aspects of normal development are addressed with taxonomic vocabulary organization approaches? Pragmatics : The child can convey a full range of pragmatic functions: requesting, rejectin...

Post #7: Current Approaches: Context-Based Vocabulary Organization Part 1

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 10/4/2016

What does it mean to use a context-based approach to vocabulary organization? Context-based displays are also known as activity-based displays and Fitzgerald keys. Using a context-based app...

Post #8: Current Approaches: Context-Based Vocabulary Organization Part 2

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 10/4/2016

Which aspects of normal development are addressed with context-based vocabulary organization approaches? Pragmatics: The child can convey a full range of pragmatic functions: requesting, r...

Post #9: The Future of Language Development in AAC

Jennifer Kent-Walsh & Cathy Binger . - 10/4/2016

As AAC researchers interested in supporting language development, we have an obligation to objectively analyze and critique current AAC interventions and approaches. This is one way that we, as a fiel...

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