Developing a novel system to support language acquisition in children with CCN: An ethnographic study

Christopher Norrie (Lead / Corresponding author), Annalu Waller, Jianguo Zhang

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Abstract

Communication aids designed for use by young children are typically based on a word phrase retrieval system using a grid-based symbol access paradigm. What has become clear, however, is that such systems have significant usability shortfalls for young children with complex communication needs (CCN). These systems may be failing these emergent communicators by hindering their capacity to acquire vocabulary during a critical developmental phase, and to their lifelong detriment (Light & Drager, 2007). Moreover, user-centred design (UCD) has often been neglected with this user group due to the challenges that they present – a factor that may have exacerbated AAC device abandonment. Informed by prior research unveiled during a literature review, the authors recognise that early intervention (EI) is key to achieving optimal outcomes for children with CCN (Odom et al, 2003) – and the adults they will eventually become.
Original languageEnglish
Pages269-270
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2018
Event18th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication : AACcess All Areas - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) , Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 201826 Jul 2018
Conference number: 18
https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2018/

Conference

Conference18th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Abbreviated titleISAAC 2018
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period21/07/1826/07/18
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Keywords

  • AAC
  • Language acquisition
  • Assistive Technology

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    Norrie, C., Waller, A., & Zhang, J. (2018). Developing a novel system to support language acquisition in children with CCN: An ethnographic study. 269-270. Abstract from 18th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication , Gold Coast, Australia.