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The communication partner's modeling of communication aid use in everyday contexts

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The communication partner´s modeling of communication aid‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ use in everyday contexts

This paper reports on a micro-analytic study of modeling in aided interaction and AAC instruction. Interactions are analysed where modeling is achieved in everyday contexts, during which ten children with severe speech and physical impairment (SSPI) interact with everyday communication partners.
There is growing evidence that aided language modeling intervention strategies by a communication partner promotes language and communication development for persons using AAC systems.
These phenomena have until recently been studied using experimental design. However, the increased use of modeling raises questions of how modeling is actually done in everyday interaction with everyday communication partners. In the current paper the research method, principles and practices of Conversation Analysis (CA) is used to collect and analyze data from naturally occurring interaction.
The following research questions are addressed: How is the modeling use of the communication aid organised in everyday interaction? Which linguistic and embodied resources are used? Are there different types of modeling? If so, what actions do they achieve, and which implications do they have on the next actions and responses by the child with SSPI?
The analyses show that the organization of communication aid modeling is done in several ways and that these have different interactional consequences. Excerpts from the data will be demonstrated and clinical implications will be discussed.


Niklas Noren    
Dept of Education, Uppsala University

Maja Sigurd Pilesjö    
Dept of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark


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