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Multiple approaches for vocabulary selection and organisation to meet the individual’s varied, autonomous communication requirements

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Autonomous communication means that an individual is able to say what I want to say, to whoever I want to say it to, wherever and whenever I want to say it. This presentation will focus on identifying the vocabulary requirements of individuals whose current spelling skills are not sufficient to generate all the words they would like to say. These individuals are dependent upon others to predict the vocabulary they may require and make it accessible to them in their AAC systems. For these individuals, the degree of autonomy will be influenced by the size and diversity of the vocabulary pool as well as the efficiency of accessing the vocabulary needed for range of communication purposes.
This session will discuss the relative strengths and weakness of commonly used strategies for vocabulary selection and organisation. The functions of different types of vocabulary, the influence of vocabulary usage patterns and the development of linguistic, social, strategic and psychosocial competencies will be discussed in relation to the diversity of an individual’s vocabulary requirements. A combination of developmental, ecological, functional communication and core vocabulary approaches along with specific strategies to compensate for the limitations of AAC such as ability to collect vocabulary in real time will be shared. We will demonstrate how the combined use of multiple strategies can more effectively enable an individual to meet their varied communication requirements.

Author(s):

Gayle Porter    
Cerebral Palsy Education Centre
Australia

Linda Burkhart    
Linda Burkhart
United States

 

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