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Evaluation of Receptive and Expressive Language of a Child User of Alternative Communication System

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The aim of this study was to characterize the receptive and expressive language skills of an alternative communication system user while performing understanding of words and statements of jobs submitted from a graphic communication system. Method: This study involved a child, female, non-verbal, with cerebral palsy and age of 6 years and 6 months, She used an Alternative Communication System for more than one year. A set of six tests was applied, when it was necessary, from verbal instructions, discriminating between pictures and graphic sentences those that best represented an action / particular object. Results: representative symbols verbs, spatial relationships and emotions, were more difficult to interpret / discrimination than others. Also, it was identified some difficulty in performing tasks involving sentences. Conclusion: The data obtained reflect the condition of the AC user as the ability to handle graphics sentences produced by others, demonstrating the difficulty in assimilating graphic sentences for spoken language. You can also assume the difficulty of the user to "bridge" the graphic sentence for a hearing or phonological construction that could be compared to phrases that were used to hear the spoken expressions by others.


Cândice Lima Moreschi    
Anhanguera Educacional

Maria Amelia Almeida    
Federal University of São Carlos

Stephen von Tetzchner    
University Oslo


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