The effect of color on the recognition and use of line drawings by children with severe intellectual disabilities

Jennifer Stephenson*

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Abstract

Line drawings are commonly used as communication symbols for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities. This study investigated the effect of color on the recognition and use of line drawings by young children with severe intellectual disabilities and poor verbal comprehension who were beginning picture users. Drawings where the color of the picture matched the object and where the color of the drawing did not match the object were used, as well as black and white line drawings. Tentative findings suggest that some students with intellectual disabilities may find it more difficult to recognize and line drawings where the color does not match the object compared to line drawings where the color of the drawing does match the color of the object.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-55
Number of pages12
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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