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AAC as language – What is not researched

October 30 @ 8:00 am10:00 am EDT


1. Gaining insights into AAC as atypical language form

2. Learning about processes underlying typical and atypical language development

3. Getting thematic ideas for AAC research.


October 30
8:00 am – 10:00 am EDT
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Language development is a complex dynamic process. This is reflected in the diverse theoretical views on this process, the scope of research topics related to language development, and the large number of studies addressing typical and atypical development of spoken language.

Development of augmentative and alternative is an atypical form of language devlopment. A core function of AAC systems is to enable individuals to develop language in spite of very limited or no productive speech. Another core function is to supplement limited spoken language.

Since the early studies of language development with manual signs or graphic symbols, many studies have been published in the AAC journal and other scientific journals, but the scope of this research seems narrower than within the general field of language development. The presentation discusses AAC research, suggesting that some issues are over-represented while some core issues related to language development are rarely addressed.