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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
AAC for Very Young Children
Alanna Frey, Jen Krzycki, Sara Luft, and Katie Ryba
  February 12, 2006

   1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
   2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
   3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
   4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
   5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
   6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
I.    Introduction
A.    Definition of the Population (very young=0-5 years)
B.    Special Characteristics of this population
1.    Literacy
2.    Speech
3.    Vocabulary
C.    Varying Etiologies and Characteristics
1.    Cerebral Palsy
2.    Autism
3.    Down Syndrome and other genetically based syndromes
4.    Traumatic Brain Injury
5.    Sensory deficits (visual and hearing)
II.    Special Characteristics affecting device usage
A.    Motoric abilities (strength, range of motion, mobility)
B.    Cognitive abilities (existing expressive and receptive communication)
C.    Attention span
D.    Medical Needs (medication, dependency on others (e.g. parents)
III.    Selecting the Right Device
A.    Picture Based Systems
B.    Three-Dimensional Objects
C.    Wearable Communication Systems
D.    High-Tech vs. Low Tech
IV.    Wrap-Up and Recommendations for Clinical Practice

Artificial Language Lab, MSU

Fallon, K.A., Light, J.C., & Kramer Paige, T. (2001).  Enhancing vocabulary selection for preschoolers who require augmentative and alternative communication. American journal of speech-language pathology, 10 (1), 81-94.

Drager, K.D., Light, J.C., Speltz, J.C., Fallon, K.A., & Jeffries, L.Z. (2003).  The performance of typically developing 2 ½ year olds on dynamic display aac technologies with different system layouts and language organizations.  Journal of speech, language, and hearing research, 46 (2), 298-312.

Drager, K.D., Light, J.C., Carlson, R., D’Silva, K., Larsson, B., Pitkin, L., & Stopper, G. (2004). Learning of dynamic display AAC technologies by typically developing 3-year-olds: Effect of different layouts and menu approaches. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research, 47 (5), 1133-1148.

Fallon, K.A., Light, J.C., & Paige, T. K. (2001). Enhancing vocabulary selection for preschoolers who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). American journal of speech-language pathology, 10 (1), 81-94.'AAC%20and%20young%20children'

Light, J. & Drager, K. (2005). Maximizing language development with young children who require AAC. Retrieved on January 12, 2005 from Penn Sate University Seminar presented at ASHA Convention 2005. 293_Light_Janice_071160_111505021626.ppt


Kent-Walsh, J. & Binger, C. (2005). Evidence-based language supports for chidren using AAC: Increasing effective communication. Retrieved from ASHA Convention 2005.