Roles of Graphic Symbols in the Language Acquisition Process for Persons with Severe Cognitive Disabilities

Rose A. Sevcik, Mary Ann Romski, Krista M. Wilkinson

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Symbols play dual roles for nonspeaking persons learning language via instruction. They are the medium by which internal representations of the world are expressed and they provide an inference about how individuals perceive their world. This paper reviews and synthesizes the current empirical literature on symbols and suggests future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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