Aided Language Input, Attributing Meaning, Core Vocabulary and Pre-symbolic Communicators

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Presenter: Kathryn Dorney, MA.CCC-SLP

Moderator: Betsy Caporale

Seminar Description: Aided language input involves pairing speech with graphic symbols to teach symbolic communication. An often overlooked aspect of aided language input is attributing meaning to non-symbolic behaviors. This webinar will review the literature on these practices with pre-symbolic communicators. Then the session will focus on aided language input with core vocabulary as part of naturalistic interventions to improve outcomes for pre-symbolic communicators.

Seminar Objectives:  Participants will learn to: (a) describe the value and role of adult responsiveness in attributing communicative meaning as part of aided language input with presymbolic communicators; (b) identify 2 or more differences between aided language input with pre-intentional and intentional communicators; (c) describe 2 or more ways to apply aided language input during emergent literacy or other naturalistic intervention contexts.

ASHA Disclosures:  Financial –Kathryn Dorney is an employee of the Center for Literacy and Disability Center. Her research assistantship is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs ( H327S160005).