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Incorporating augmentative and alternative communication in books for Arab and Jewish toddlers with complex disabilities

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"story time" is one of the favorite activities for young children to share with their parents. This activity is significant in advancing communicative abilities. for children with complex disabilities, who require AAC or are in the pre-wording stage, to be able to take part in a story reading, several adjustments need to be made (in the fields of motoric and sensory compatibility, content, etc.). In the case of Arabic children, there is also the need for adapting books into spoken Arabic.


This lecture describes a unique process of adapting children's books for infants with complex disabilities who use AAC, for both Arabic and Hebrew speakers. The adaptation process was conducted by a special taskforce of professionals from Kalanswa and Raanana (speech therapists, kindergarten teachers, occupational therapist) and parents of children with complex disabilities. The process included collaborations with a children's author, a creative writing tutor and an illustrator.The lecture will focus on the varied concerns involved in integrating AAC symbols in Children's books: communicative considerations (encouraging discourse) design considerations (size and placement), linguistic considerations (expanding vocabulary, grammatical structures) and considerations related to executive functions in early childhood. In addition, we will provide examples of the finished products.

Author(s):

Raz Tenenbaum    
Beit Issi Shaphro
Israel

Bian Natur    
Beit Issi Shaphro
Israel

 

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