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The Multi-Modal Nature of Communication Between Natural Speakers and Aided Speakers: A pilot study

Session 
6.7
Research
  • Pippa Bailey
Summary

The study aimed to investigate the range of modalities used in communication between aided speakers (AS) and natural speakers (NS) in an educational environment.

Two dyads involving teaching staff with at least one AS were investigated within a sixth form special school class room. Dyads were video recorded during interaction and sampled using momentary time sampling at 10 second intervals. Modality of communication was coded at these intervals using a coding structure being piloted and developed by the researcher.

Results showed a dominance from the NS, taking 57% of the total communicative acts coded. However, some categories showed a possibly significant difference in use between NS and AS. For example, AS use significantly more facial expression, AAC encoding, and shared attention than NS.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Adolescent
Interest 
Secondary school transition
Special