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Assessing language skills in adult key word signers with intellectual disabilities: Insights from sign linguistics

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TitleAssessing language skills in adult key word signers with intellectual disabilities: Insights from sign linguistics
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractManual signing is one of the most widely used approaches to support the communication and language skills of children and adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, and problems with communication in spoken language. A recent series of papers reporting findings from this population raises critical issues for professionals in the assessment of multimodal language skills of key word signers. Approaches to assessment will differ depending on whether key word signing (KWS) is viewed as discrete from, or related to, natural sign languages. Two available assessments from these different perspectives are compared. Procedures appropriate to the assessment of sign language production are recommended as a valuable addition to the clinician’s toolkit. Sign and speech need to be viewed as multimodal, complementary communicative endeavours, rather than as polarities. Whilst narrative has been shown to be a fruitful context for eliciting language samples, assessments for adult users should be designed to suit the strengths, needs and values of adult signers with intellectual disabilities, using materials that are compatible with their life course stage rather than those designed for young children.
AuthorsGrove, N., and Woll B.
Year of Publication2017
Series Title
PublicationResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume62
Pages174-183
ISSN0891-4222 (print) 1873-3379 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891422217300331
Keywords (MeSH)adult, child, communication, developmental disabilities, intellectual disability, language, sign language