Angelman Study Shows Children Use Broad Set of Tools to Communicate


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AAC and Angelman Syndrome

Children and young adults with Angelman syndrome rely on a broad set of tools for communication, including speech, facial expressions, gestures, and symbols, a study suggests. The findings support the notion that teaching can help them improve what scientists call expressive communication skills, which go far beyond speech. The study, “Exploring Expressive Communication Skills in a Cross-Sectional Sample of Children and Young Adults With Angelman Syndrome,” appeared in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Expressive communication in Angelman syndrome covers speech and a category called  augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC. “AAC modes are classified as unaided or aided,” the researchers wrote. They include facial expressions, gestures, physical manipulation, manual signing (unaided mode) or using photographs, picture symbols, or written words (aided mode). Researchers investigated which patterns of communication children and young adults with Angelman syndrome use the most.
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