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The effect of aided language stimulation on vocabulary acquisition in children with little or no functional speech (short summary)

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children
without
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learn
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words

The authors investigated the effect the use of Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) had on the vocabulary development of a group of four children with little or no functional speech. They used a strategy of speakers pointing to symbols as they spoke during selected activities to promote knowledge and understanding of 24 vocabulary items over a period of three weeks.

It was found that during the period of the intervention all of the children increased their vocabulary knowledge.


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