Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Children with disabilities--Means of communication; Communication devices for people with disabilities;
This study examined the effect communication partners’ have on the initiations produced by users of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The data was reviewed from a larger study; it included transcripts and videos of a set of four students from an elementary school classroom in the Midwest. The students had a wide range of abilities. Both the student and teacher utterances were analyzed for: different types of communication functions, environmental factors and conversational factors. It was hypothesized that the communicative function of the previous utterance and the level of aided input used would affect the number of initiations. The findings support the concept that the preceding utterance and communication partner can increase or decrease the number of student initiations. This suggests that the communication partner could make adaptions to their own speech and language, as well as the environment, to maximize therapy and the student’s skills.
Date of Award
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2016 Lauren Vaughn Welser
Welser, Lauren Vaughn, "Initiation of communication from users of AAC and preceding communication partner's utterances" (2016). Honors Program Theses. 248.