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communication aids or devices are used to help communication, described more fully on the Communication Matters website http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/glossary-term/aided-communication

AAC and young children with disabilities - review (short summary)

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This review included studies that investigated the use of AAC for children aged three years and younger. Twelve studies were included in the review, and seven were determined to have conclusive results, or constitute high-quality evidence. AAC was successful in improving the communication of the majority of children in the studies. This review found evidence to support the use of AAC for young children, and the authors stressed the importance of trying a variety of AAC methods, including aided and unaided AAC systems, with young children.

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Children’s joint attention in AAC (short summary)

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This study investigated infants' attention in situations that involved an infant, adult, storybook and potential aided AAC system. Differences in infants' attention depended on the physical location of the AAC system, infants' age, activity levels and cognitive skills and adults' interactive styles. Though the infants in this study did not have any developmental disabilities, results suggest that these factors may be important in children's interactions with AAC systems generally.


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Children’s joint attention in AAC (summary)

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Background One aspect of infant development that is important to social engagement and communication is joint attention. This refers to the relationship among a child, the caregiver and another object. For example, joint attention is evident if an infant and her sister are looking at a book together. This situation is made more complex if the child has access to an aided communication system, which becomes another component in the interaction between an infant and the people and objects in the surrounding environment.

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Asian work choices: how AAC can liberate the user

Asian work choices: how AAC can liberate the user, Duckett, N. , Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Jul, Volume 5, Issue 4, p.236-9, (2010)
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Emily's story about making new friends

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Emily, is 7 years old. She goes to a special school miles from home. She loves school and has lots of friends there. She is one of two children who use a communication aid in school. Her LSA and teacher are really pleased with her use of the machine, saying ‘we don’t notice she is using her aid because it is just her voice’. She has it with her all the time.

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