In search of a novel way to analyze early communicative behavior

Ann Dhondt*, Ines Van Keer, S Nijs, Annette van der Putten, Bea Maes

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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The aim of this study was to develop a coding scheme that enables researchers and practitioners to conduct a detailed analysis of the communicative behavior of young children with significant cognitive and motor developmental delays. Currently, there is a paucity of methods to do conduct such an analysis. For the study, video observations of three different scenarios from 38 children with significant cognitive and motor developmental delays aged between 12 and 54 months, were used. Findings from the video observations served as the primary means for development of the coding scheme, which comprises three main categories – context, partner behavior, and individual behavior – and several subcategories. The coding scheme was used to document the early expressive communicative behavior of persons with significant cognitive and motor developmental delays in a detailed manner. This fine-grained information is necessary to differentiate children based on their communicative abilities, to monitor their communicative development longitudinally, and to inform person-centered communicative interventions.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)87-101
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 2021

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