Evaluating the effectiveness of a communication board training program
This study introduces a technique for systematically observing the consequences of various aspects of treatment on the communicative effectiveness of nonspeaking persons using communication boards in natural settings. The case study of Kay, a 24-year-old nonspeaking woman residing in a nursing home, is presented. Three major factors were found to operate cumulatively in increasing Kay's overall communicative effectiveness: 1) revising the design of her original communication board; 2) training her to functionally use her new board to meet her daily communicative needs; and then 3) introducing interaction strategies to her listeners through an inservice training program. Highlights of Kay's and her staff's programs are discussed.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Calculator, S. & Luchko, C. (1983). Evaluating the effectiveness of a communication board training program. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 48, 185-191.