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Speech segmentation (short summary)

Learning
words
in
speech

The authors of this study designed and tested a computational model of speech segmentation, which is the process by which infants learn to identify individual words in speech. The model that the authors developed fulfilled more criteria for ideal models of this process than other, older models. Results suggested that children may learn to identify their own names early in development and use this knowledge as a way to begin to identify the words that surround their name in speech.

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Parenting a child who needs AAC (summary)

Parent
of
child
who
needs
AAC

What was the aim of the study? This study considers the experiences of British parents whose children have need of AAC. It focuses on how children's need and use of AAC influences family life and communication.

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Parenting a child who needs AAC (short summary)

Parent
of
child
who
needs
AAC

Parents and caregivers of children who need AAC were interviewed about their children's communication and its impact on family life. Parents could be considered experts on their children and on AAC, and professionals working with these parents should recognize the unique situation facing these parents and their families.


Things you may want to look into:

Complex communication needs

Developmental disability

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Developing language in a developing body (summary)

Developing
language
in
 
a
developing
body

What was the aim of the study? This paper sets out the idea that the motor skills and experiences of infants in the first eighteen months of life are related to language development.

Why was the paper written? The author believes that language development should be viewed within the context of the developing body of an infant. In particular, the author argues that early motor experiences give infants the opportunity to practice skills that contribute to the development of language and communication.

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Developing language in a developing body (short summary)

Developing
language
in
 
a
developing
body

In this paper, the author argues that there is a relationship between the motor skills and experiences of infants and their development of language and communication. Events in motor development may give infants the opportunity to practice skills that they later utilize in language development; for example, rhythmic arm movements such as hand banging may let infants practice the skills of performing highly timed movements which is then applied to babbling.

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Language predictors in ASD (summary)

Language
prediction
for
autism

What was the aim of the study? This study aimed to describe characteristics of children with autism that can predict their language comprehension and production abilities over time.

Why was the paper written? Language development in children with autism can vary widely. It would be helpful know what kind of behaviours predict language development, because this would contribute to a better understanding of the process of language development in children with autism.

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Language predictors in ASD (short summary)

Language
prediction
for
autism

This study aimed to determine characteristics of children with autism that can predict their language development over time. The authors found that the number of social games and routines - such as peek-a-book, patty cake, 'so big', singing and dancing - that children with autism could participate in at a young age predicted their future development of language production. These games rely on skills that probably lay the foundation for language development and are thus more useful indicators than other measures, like non-verbal IQ or autism severity.

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