Using Dynamic Assessment to Evaluate the Expressive Syntax of Children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Abbreviated Journal Title
Augment. Altern. Commun.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); Dynamic assessment; (DA); Graduated prompting; Grammar; Syntax; MULTISYMBOL MESSAGE PRODUCTIONS; PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN; YOUNG-CHILDREN; DEVELOPMENTAL-DISABILITIES; AAC; INTERVENTION; CONSTRUCTION; UTTERANCES; SEQUENCES; VALIDITY; Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology; Rehabilitation
The developmental readiness of four 5-year-old children to produce basic sentences using graphic symbols on an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device during a dynamic assessment (DA) task was examined. Additionally, the ability of the DA task to predict performance on a subsequent experimental task was evaluated. A graduated prompting framework was used during DA. Measures included amount of support required to produce the targets, modifiability (change in participant performance) within a DA session, and predictive validity of DA. Participants accurately produced target structures with varying amounts of support. Modifiability within DA sessions was evident for some participants, and partial support was provided for the measures of predictive validity. These initial results indicate that DA may be a viable way to measure young children's developmental readiness to learn how to sequence simple, rule-based messages via aided AAC.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
"Using Dynamic Assessment to Evaluate the Expressive Syntax of Children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication" (2015). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6630.