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Situational and psychosocial factors mediating coordinated joint attention with augmentative and alternative communication systems with beginning communicators without disabilities.
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PMID:  21592002     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined how infants' age, joint attention (JA) skills, caregiver ratings of language and temperament, and caregiver JA style related to JA in a structured literacy task with an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. Sixteen infants (mean = 10.6 months) without disabilities participated in two storybook reading interactions with an experimenter in two conditions where the AAC system was either aligned or divided from the experimenter's eye gaze. Individual differences in JA skills, caregiver JA style, and temperament were associated with coordinated JA across both conditions. The findings suggest it is important to examine both extrinsic and intrinsic factors, which may not only reduce attention demands but also mediate the success of JA interactions with AAC systems.
Joann P Benigno; Jamie L Bennett; John W McCarthy; Julia L Smith
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Augmentative and alternative communication (Baltimore, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1477-3848     ISO Abbreviation:  Augment Altern Commun     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-19     Completed Date:  2011-11-14     Revised Date:  2012-04-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8504574     Medline TA:  Augment Altern Commun     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences,, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Communication Aids for Disabled*
Fixation, Ocular
Language Development*
Parent-Child Relations*
Professional-Patient Relations
Social Environment*
Erratum In:
Augment Altern Commun. 2012 Mar;28(1):61

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