Language representation for the augmentative and alternative communication of adults with traumatic brain injury

Melanie Fried-Oken, Molly Doyle

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Abstract

For adults with traumatic brain Injury (TBI) to use augmentative and alternative communication systems (ACSs) effectively, their internal language must be represented on external communication aids. Clinicians must ask four basic questions when designing ACSs for the client with TBI. What words and concepts are available to persons recovering from acquired brain injuries? How will the words and concepts be selected and organized on ACSs? What symbols will be selected to represent the words? How will the symbols be used for functional communication? ACSs for the client with TBI must represent intact language and must be flexible enough to integrate new symbols, concepts, and communication functions as they reemerge during recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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