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Communication access to conversational narrative

Communication access to conversational narrative

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-239
Number of pages19
JournalTopics in Language Disorders
Volume26
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

Abstract

This article describes methods that have been developed to provide augmentative and alternative communication communicators with better access to narrative conversation. It begins by highlighting the need to provide access to conversational narrative for people with complex communication needs, arguing that this type of conversation plays an important role in interaction that is both effective and satisfying. It proceeds by describing how young children and people with complex communication disabilities access narratives through interactional support. The results of research projects that have used technology to support interactional conversation (telling jokes, sharing experiences, telling nonfictional stories) are presented as examples of how technology can support people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication to become more effective conversationalists and storytellers.

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