What We Are Learning About Early Learners and Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology

Linda J. Burkhart

Who is Augmentative Communication for?

Non-speaking individuals who are:

Who is Assistive Technology For?

Individuals who are:


General Philosophical Basis:

1) Technology and Augmentative Communication Systems can be very powerful, but they are useless in enabling children to realize their potential without appropriate training and a supportive environment.

2) Augmentative language or assistive technology system means: multiple systems.

3) Assessment and evaluation are on-going TEAM processes.

4) Vocabulary and Symbol selection are ongoing processes.


5) Experiencing receptive use of augmentative systems is important for those children developing language for the first time. Augmentative communication is effectively taught in an environment comparable to foreign language immersion.

6) Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology is most effective if taught in an interactive and pragmatic format.

7) Partner training can play an important role in the success of communication and adaptations.

8) Classroom and home integration are crucial to success.
9) The art and science of augmentative communication and Assistive Technology is still a developing field. 10) Implementing augmentative communication and assistive technology consumes an enormous amount of time and energy from therapists, teachers, parents and the child.

But it's worth it!


Linda J. Burkhart
6201 Candle Court
Eldersburg, MD 21784 , USA
Adapted from Total Augmentative Communication in the Early Childhood Classroom, by Linda J. Burkhart 1993
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