Instructing facilitators to support the communication of people who use augmentative communication systems

J. Light, J. Dattilo, J. English, L. Gutierrez, J. Hartz

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Abstract

A single-subject multiple-baseline design, replicated across three dyads, was used to examine the efficacy of instructing facilitators (i.e., significant others) to promote communication with people who use augmentative and alternative communication (MC) systems. Facilitators were instructed in four 1-hour sessions to decrease their conversational control and provide more opportunities for the participants using MC systems to communicate. Following instruction, facilitators decreased their rates of turn-taking and initiations and increased the proportion of turns that were responsive. Participants using MC systems increased the frequency of their initiations. Following intervention, turn-taking and initiation patterns in the dyads were more reciprocal. Generalization occurred to the natural environment. Results suggest that facilitator instruction is an effective and efficient means of promoting greater participation in daily interactions by people who use MC systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-875
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of speech and hearing research
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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