Fostering Communication Skills in Beginning Communicators
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Jeff Sigafoos, Vanessa A. Green, Robert Didden, Mark F. O`Reilly, Giulio E. Lancioni and Peter B. Marschik
This chapter aims to describe communication assessment and intervention
strategies for individuals with Angelman syndrome (AS) who are at the beginning
stages of communication development. The chapter begins with a description of
beginning communicators. This is followed by an overview of research that has
investigated the forms and functions of pre-symbolic behavior (i.e., beginning
communication skills) among individuals with AS. Assessment procedures for
identifying pre-symbolic forms and functions are outlined. The final section describes
intervention approaches for enhancing the effectiveness of pre-symbolic behavior and
fostering the transition from pre-symbolic to symbolic communication.
Angelman syndrome, Augmentative and alternative communication,
Beginning communicators, Enhancement approach, Interpretive approach, Presymbolic
communication, Replacement approach.
Victoria University of Wellington, School of Education, PO Box 17-310 Wellington, New Zealand.