AAC Modelling in England

Cartoon image of an adult holding a print-based AAC board with two children pointing at symbols on it.

In around 2018 I completed my Master’s degree in Language and Communication Impairment in Children at the University of Sheffield. As an occupational therapist, I set out on the course with the question – how do children learn symbol language? I found my answer through aided language input, or “modelling.”

For my dissertation I completed some research looking at the effectiveness of modelling and explore how much it is used in English schools. I’ve presented some of my most interesting findings at Communication Matters and to the London AAC CEN. I may write more about my research if and when I find the time. 

You can download the PowerPoint for the presentation here. I think there will be a YouTube video soon and I’ll update this page if that gets uploaded. 

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