The Dual Challenges of Aided Communication and Adolescence

  title={The Dual Challenges of Aided Communication and Adolescence},
  author={Martine M. Smith},
  journal={Augmentative and Alternative Communication},
  pages={67 - 79}
  • Martine M. Smith
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Psychology
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Over the last two decades it has been recognized that spoken language and communication skills continue to develop during adolescence. It seems likely that, for people who use aided AAC, language learning similarly continues into adolescence. Despite its importance, this developmental period has been largely ignored in research. In this paper, the significance assigned to adolescence as a developmental period is reviewed. The language and communication changes that typify adolescence and the… 

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