Author(s)

Michael D. Harris, PhD and Joe Reichle

Year

2004

Publication

American Journal of Speech Language Pathology

Results of the current investigation suggest that young children with moderate cognitive disabilities can acquire, concurrently, comprehension and production skills as a result of aided language stimulation implemented in the context of scripted routines. Future augmentative communication intervention research should continue to explore the role that more naturalistic intervention procedures can play in establishing an initial communicative repertoire. The effectiveness of aided language stimulation should be compared to the effectiveness of other training programs, including direct instruction, direct instruction embedded within natural contexts, and milieu teaching strategies.

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