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Differences in maternal responsive and directive behavior during free play with and without aided AAC

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TitleDifferences in maternal responsive and directive behavior during free play with and without aided AAC
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractMaternal directive and responsive behaviors were compared for 25 mothers and children with complex communication needs using two types of toys (familiar and unfamiliar toys). Each type of toy play was conducted with and without a single message speech-generating communication device (SGD) programmed to say ‘‘more.’’ Rate percentages of coded intervals for maternal directive and responsive behaviors were analyzed using repeated measures ANOVAs. Results indicated that mothers used significantly more responsive behaviors when playing with their own familiar toys than with unfamiliar toys, but no differences in directiveness between types of play. Mothers showed no differences in responsivity or directiveness when the SGD was added to play interactions, indicating that the SGD did not introduce task features that detracted from the mothers’ existing levels of responsivity with their children. Clinical implications are discussed.
AuthorsMedeiros, K. F., and Cress C. J.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume32
Issue2
Pages151-161
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07434618.2016.1179341
Keywords (MeSH)AAC, age – preschool, CCN, communication interactions, developmental disabilities, family, female, gestures, preschool children, research reports, speech generating device (SGD)
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