Thomas the Writer Case Study of a Child With Severe Physical, Speech, and Visual Impairments Case Study
Case Study  |   January 01, 1995
Thomas the Writer
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Doreen M. Blischak
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Contact author: Doreen M. Blischak, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Heavilon Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
    Contact author: Doreen M. Blischak, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Heavilon Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.×
Article Information
Development / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Case Study
Case Study   |   January 01, 1995
Thomas the Writer
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1995, Vol. 26, 11-20. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2601.11
History: Received July 20, 1993 , Accepted January 21, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1995, Vol. 26, 11-20. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2601.11
History: Received July 20, 1993; Accepted January 21, 1994

A case study is presented to describe the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and literacy skills by a 9-year-old child, Thomas, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and a central vision impairment. Thomas’s development and progress from birth to second grade is chronicled. Development and use of his AAC system also is described, along with activities for language and literacy development and his inclusion in a second grade classroom.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Portions of this paper have been presented as a poster session at the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association annual conference in March 1992, and as a videotape presentation at the NCACA Conference and 3rd Annual Carolina Literacy Center Symposium, March 12, 1993, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Preparation was supported partially by grants from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, United States Education Department (H029D90094). The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of that agency and endorsement by the federal government is not to be assumed.
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