Aided Language Stimulation (Model, Model, and Model Some More!)

Aided Language Stimulation (Modeling)

Language Learning

A baby hears thousands and thousands language models before they say their first word! We need to look at typical language development as it applies to our AAC users. We cannot just place a speech-generating device in the hands of a student with the expectation that they will know how to use it by osmosis. Research shows that modeling language on a device, without the expectation/demand for a reply, is a great way to increase skills. Modeling takes time. We need to be patient. Our student may not independently use their device until they have seen/heard thousands of words modeled for them.

Aided Language Stimulation Explained

Aided Language Stimulation means Modeling on my device. It means using my communication device to interact with me. It means talking to me using my system, so that I see and feel that this has value as a way to connect. It means doing more than just requesting. This video by Chris Bugaj shows how it’s done.



The above link shows an image of a father modeling AAC for his daughter.
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Kathryn Helland

Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and works with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has been with the TechOWL team since 2015 and is currently working on her doctorate. She would like to examine how to best support AAC users in higher education.

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