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Teaching VOCA use as a communicative repair strategy


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Sigafoos, J, Drasgow, E, Halle, JW, O'Reilly, M, Seely-York, S, Edrisinha, C and Andrews, A 2004 , 'Teaching VOCA use as a communicative repair strategy' , Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 34, no. 4 , pp. 411-422 , doi: 10.1023/B:JADD.0000037417.04356.9c.

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Students with developmental disabilities often rely on prelinguistic behavior (e.g., reaching,
leading) to communicate. When listeners fail to attend to prelinguistic behaviors, students
may benefit from responding with an alternative form of communication to repair the
breakdown. In the present study, we taught two students with developmental disabilities to
repair communicative breakdowns by using a voice-output communication aid (VOCA).
Intervention occurred at morning snack time when the students had the opportunity to
access preferred items through prelinguistic behavior (e.g., reaching, guiding). Breakdowns
occurred when the listener failed to attend to the student�s initial request. Effects of the
intervention were evaluated in a multiple-baseline design across subjects. Both students
learned to use the VOCA to repair communicative breakdowns. As VOCA use was
acquired as a repair strategy, the students also began to use the device to initiate requests
when there had been no breakdown in communication. The intervention appeared to be an
effective approach for supplementing prelinguistic behaviors with an additional option for
communicating a request.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sigafoos, J and Drasgow, E and Halle, JW and O'Reilly, M and Seely-York, S and Edrisinha, C and Andrews, A
Keywords: Augmentative and alternative communication; behavior indication; communicative repair; prelinguistic behavior; requesting; voice-output communication aid
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
ISSN: 0162-3257
DOI / ID Number: 10.1023/B:JADD.0000037417.04356.9c
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