Among the topics covered are: augmentative and alternative communication in Europe; joint attention and communication; implications for assessment and alternative language intervention in autism and related disorders; language input and attention strategies; communication functions in aided language use; being an interesting conversation partner; a neurolinguistic approach to graphic language intervention; augmented telecommunication for people with intellectual impairment; improving communication and language skills of children with cerebral palsy; the social world of non–speaking people; and the psychology and sociology of introducing augmentative and alternative communication in Hungary.
Chapter 1 Preliminaries to a comprehensive model of augmentative and alternative communication, Stephen von Tetzchner, Nicola Grove, Filip Loncke, Sarah Barnett, Bencie Woll and John Clibbens.
Chapter 2 Situating augmentative and alternative communication interention, Harald Martinsen and Stephen von Tetzchner.
Chapter 3 Joint attention and alterantive language intervention in autism: Implications of theory for practice, Encarnacion Sarria, Juan Carlos and Javier Tamarit.
Chapter 4 Words and strategies: Conversations with young children who use aided language, Stephen von Tetzchner and Harald Martinsen.
Chapter 5 Referring expressions in conversations between aided and natural speakers, Sarah Collins.
Chapter 6 The twopword stage in manual signs: Lanaguage development in signers with intellectual impairments, Nicola Grove, Julie Dockrell and Bencie Woll.
Chapter 7 The medium or the message: A study of speaking children using communication boards, Martine M. Smith.
Chapter 8 Sounds and silence: Interaction in aided language use, Erland Hjelmquist and Annika Dahlgren Sandberg.
Chapter 9 A psycholoinguistic approach to graphic language use, Erland Hjelmquist and Annika Dahlgren Sandberg.
Chapter 10 Being an interesting conversation partner, Norman Alm and Alan F. Newell.
Chapter 11 A Semiotic analysis of the possibilities and limitations of Blissymbols, Serenella Besio and Maria Grazia Chinato.
Chapter 12 Augmented telecommunication for people with intellectual impairment – a preview, Jane Brodin and Stephen von Tetzchner.
Chapter 13 Enhancing communication skills with children with Down syndrome: Early use of manual signs, Kaisa Launonen.
Chapter 14 Early development of symbolic communication and linguistic complexity through augmentative and alternative communication, Margriet J.M. Heim and Anne E. Baker–Mills.
Chapter 15 Allowing for developmental potential: A case study of intervention change, Susanne Moller and Stephen von Tetzchner.
Chapter 16 Supporting graphic language acquisition by a girl with multiple impairments, Carman Basil and Emili Soro–Camats.
Chapter 17 Cleaning lades an broken buses – A case study on the use of Blissymbols and traditional orthography, Manfred Gangkofer and Stephen von Tetzchner.
Chapter 18 Improving communication and language skills of children with developmental disorders: Family involvement in graphic language intervention, Lourdes Lourenco, Joaquim Faias, Rosa Afonso, Ana Moreira and Jose M. Ferreira.
Chapter 19 Collaborative problem solving in communication intervention, Eva Bjorck–Akesson, Mats Granlund and Cecilia Olsson.
Chapter 20 From system to communications: Staff training for attitude change, Elisabete Mendes and Jorge Rato.
Chapter 21 Psychological and sociological aspects of introducing augmentative an alternative communication in Hungary: Tales, facts and numbers, Sophia L. Kalman and Andras Pajor.
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