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Expressive vocabulary of aided communicators when instructing physically able partners to construct physical models

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The use of vocabulary by aided communicators is an important topic in the area of augmentative and alternative communication due to its dynamics and differences in the use by naturally speaking communicators. The present study analyses what expressive vocabulary aided communicators and naturally speaking communicators used to instruct a naturally speaking partner to construct physical models.
The partners could not see the physical models, including a lorry with several items, a dressed doll, a string of geometrical shapes, a tower of Lego and a pattern of domino bricks. Eighteen aided and 18 naturally speaking communicators, aged 5–15 years, were video-taped when they instructed naturally speaking parents, peers, and professionals. The recordings were transcribed. This study suggests that both the aided and the naturally speaking communicators managed to instruct the partners to construct the models but there were differences in the expressive vocabulary they applied. Both groups used all type of words; however, aided communicators used fewer words than comparison group


Munique Massaro    
São Paulo State University

Kristine Stadskleiv    
Oslo University Hospital

Stephen von Tetzchner    
University of Oslo

Débora Deliberato    
São Paulo State University


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