Supporting communication and participation in shared storybook reading using VSDs (Bhana et al., 2020)

Bhana, N., McNaughton, D., Raulston, T., Ousley, C. (2020). Supporting communication and participation in shared storybook reading using visual scene displays. TEACHING Exceptional Children. Advanced Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0040059920918609


Providing support to a child with complex communication needs during shared storybook reading activities can be challenging. Storybooks often contain specific vocabulary items (e.g., character names) that are key to conversations about the story but would be difficult to add and of limited long-term use in an AAC system. It can also be challenging to support participation and communication at the same time (e.g., helping a child both turn the pages in a book and have access to an AAC system).

In this paper, Bhana et al. discuss how VSDs are an easy-to-implement strategy that can be used with most storybooks and in combination with other AAC systems. VSDs provide quick access to important vocabulary from the storybook, support sight word acquisition, and can be used to promote interactions with peers.

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Bhana, McNaughton, Raulston, & Ousley (2020) Accepted Manuscript Version

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