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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Research Seminar (Registration has Closed)

July 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Event Details
Day/Date: Wednesday, July 18th
Time: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: National University of Singapore, Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, MD6, Room MD6-04-01A (Smart Classroom)

Event Line Up

Introduction of ISAAC and the importance of the ISAAC conferences as a meeting place for researchers and practitioners.
By: President of ISAAC, Gregor Renner

Research Seminar

Presentation: Aided language development and use: Processes and clinical implications

Some children have little or no speech and grow up using aided communication. Like any language development, aided language development is a great achievement, but many aspects of aided language development and the factors that influence this development are still not well known. This means that an important basis for supporting children who are developed aided communication is lacking. The seminar presents the theoretical background and methodological choices of the project “Becoming an Aided Communicator (BAC): Aided Language Skills in Children aged 5–15 years: A Multi-site and Cross-cultural Investigation,” and presents some of the results.

The methods include observation of conversations between young aided communicators and peers and adults, special communication tasks, and interviews with parents, professionals and children. The seminar presentations discuss vocabulary development and how young aided communicators construct new meanings, partner strategies in dialogues where young aided communicators are telling the partner something that is unknown to the partner, and the views of young aided communicators and their peers using speech on communication aids and how it is to be an aided communicator. The discussions will emphasize the implications of the finding for practice. Some of the results from the project are presented in a Special Issue of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2018, No. 1).

Seminar Program

Moderator: Stephen von Tetzchner, University of Oslo, Norway

Theoretical and empirical background of the project “Becoming an aided communicator” (BAC)

Research questions addressed and methodologies used in the BAC project

Vocabulary and vocabulary construction processes in experimental tasks and conversations

Partner strategies in conversations involving young aided communicators.

Uncovering children’s views on being an aided communicator

About the Presenters

The presenters are internationally well known researchers in the field of AAC. They are a part of a large international project group and represent universities and institutions in 10 of the 16 participating countries. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of augmentative and alternative communication, the presenters include researchers in speech and language therapy, special education, occupational therapy, engineering and psychology, from major universities in their countries. They are internationally well known researchers and have published widely on development and intervention of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and other topics related to typical and atypical development, communication, language, disability and rehabilitation. They also have many years of practical experience with AAC, supporting the use of AAC in children and adults with diverse disorders. Results from the international project was recently presented in a Special Issue of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2018, No. 1). Professor Gregor Renner is the current president of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and Professor Martine Smith is a former president of ISAAC.

List of Presenters

Professor Beata Batorowicz, Queen’s University, Canada
Professor Débora Deliberato, State University of Sao Paulo, Julio de Mesquita Filho, Marilia Campus, Brazil
Professor Kaisa Launonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Munique Massaro, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
Professor Elisabete Mendes, Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portugal
PhD fellow Kirsi Neuvonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Leila Regina d’Oliveira de Paula Nunes, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Professor Judith Oxley, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Professor Gregor Renner, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Freiburg, Germany
Professor Martine Smith, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Neuropsychologist, PhD Kristine Stadskleiv, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Professor Stephen von Tetzchner, University of Oslo, Norway
Professor Catia Crivelenti de Figueiredo Walter, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Professor Chih-Kang Yang, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan


July 18, 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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