Conversational Topics Between a Child With Complex Communication Needs and her Caregiver at MealtimeBy Ferm, Ulrika; Ahlsen, Elisabeth; Bjorck-Akesson, Eva; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 19-40
Publication Date: March 2005
Study conducted to evaluate mealtime interactions between a child with communication disabilities who used a Blissymbol board as her primary means of communication, a child without disabilities, and her caregiver. The child with communication disabilities utilized a Swedish standard Blissymbol board with individualized vocabulary, including 286 Blissymbols, which she accessed via light pointer. Her caregiver reported that she used the Blissymbol board for communication throughout the day. Mealtime conversation was evaluated in terms of four criteria: (1) influencing contextual background factors, (2) influenced/linguistic factors, (3) focus child’s tokens, types, and meanings, and (4) topics. An activity-based communication analysis was utilized in order to outline all conversation factors. Implications for further research are discussed.
Published by: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) (Website:http://www.isaac-online.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J49604