This paper examines the issue of communicative spontaneity in natural environments of persons with intellectual disabilities who rely on augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) systems. A number of data-based studies are examined and their findings discussed. Unfortunately, interpretation of existing research is complicated by a number of factors including outdated conceptualizations and definitions of spontaneity. It is argued that future research needs to adopt a more sophisticated model of spontaneity and systematically investigate a broad range of environmental variables that may occasion communication in persons with severe disabilities. Such fundamental research may well provide a foundation for the development of more effective strategies to enhance spontaneity.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1996|
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- Mental retardation