Full Program »

Young Aided Communicators Narrating Events from Videos

View File

Background and Aim: The utterances of young aided communicators using graphic symbols are often described as telegraphic when compared with the spoken utterances produced by their peers. They have fewer elements and varied symbol order, and this may make it difficult for aided communicators to tell about events. The aim of this study was to investigate the strategies used by aided communicators when telling different partners about unknown events.
Method: Eight aided and eight naturally speaking communicators, aged 5–15 years, described events presented on video to parents, teachers and peers who had not seen the videos.
Results: The aided and the naturally speaking children used somewhat different modes of expression and language structures when narrating the events. The structure of the utterances produced by the aided communicators were simpler and relayed the main idea of the narrative less precisely, and often combined expressive modalities.
Conclusions: The aided communicators produced short utterances and combined expressive modalities, and were less precise in describing the main ideas that the naturally speaking children who used mainly complex utterances. The findings may indicate that aided communicators are not used to produce the complex utterances needed when narrating events and that they may benefit from more aid-based expansions by communication partners in story telling.


Department of Special Education - UNESP/BRAZIL

Stephen von Tetzchner    
Department of Psychology/University of Oslo


Powered by OpenConf®
Copyright ©2002-2014 Zakon Group LLC