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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
Augmentative Communication for the Very Young
Elizabeth Ann Knott
March 17, 2003

  1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
  2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
  3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
  4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
  5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
  6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
I. Introduction
A. Definition of population addressed in this presentation
1. Very young = 0 to 5 years of age
2. Varying etiologies (See next section)
II. Special Characteristics of This Group
  1. Literacy (Usually Not developed)
  2. Speech (Usually Prelingual)
  3. Typical Etiologies
  4. Cerebral Palsy
  5. Autism
  6. Syndromes, e.g., Down, Williams, etc.
  7. Traumatic Brain Injury
  8. Mental Impairment  (not always present)
  9. Sensory deficits (Visual and Hearing Impairment)
III. Special Characteristics Affecting Device Usage
  1. Strength
  2. Range of Motion
  3. Motor Abilities
  4. Attention Span
  5. Cognitive Abilities
  6. Medical Needs: medication, GI-feeding, Respirator-Dependency
  7. Mobility/Ambulation
Selecting the Right Device
  1. Picture Based System
  2. Three-Dimensional Objects
  3. Wearable Communication systems
  4. High-Tech vs. Low Tech
Recommendations for Clinical Practice
Artificial Language Lab, MSU (including videos of young children)

MATR (Michigan’s Assistive Technology Resource)
MATR , 1023 South U.S. 27 St. Johns, MI 48879-2424
(800) 274-7426 or (989) 224-0333 /
Alison Walczak, M.A., CCC-SLP Consultant, Ext. 319

CAMA – Communication Aid Manufacturers Association

SEMERC Information Service Online

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)