The purpose of this study was to design an evaluative questionnaire to be used by two speech-language pathologists to survey cerebral palsied children's skills in areas pertinent to the learning of Blissymbolics, and to outline a Blissymbol protocol for recording Blissymbols of which children had knowledge. Skills of cerebral palsied children were surveyed and the Blissymbol knowledge of each was recorded.
The subjects of this pilot study were four cerebral palsied children, ages five years seven months to eight years five months. The children were currently involved in Blissymbol training, or had received Blissymbol training within the past year. Two speech-language pathologists, currently working with the subjects were provided with instructions and materials to use in evaluating the four subjects. These subjects were rated from high to low functioning in Blissymbol knowledge and usage by the speech language pathologists and were chosen subject to availability.
It was determined to be beyond the scope of the present study to pretest the revised evaluative questionnaire which was constructed, and therefore impossible to obtain the statistical results needed in order to find what skills are actually necessary for a nonvocal cerebral palsied child to learn Blissymbolics. The results of the present study indicate that the revised evaluative questionnaire and data protocol are feasible for further research.
Melvin S. Cohen
Laurie K. Deal
Karen L. Jones
E. E. Britt
Master of Science (MS)
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Speech Therapy; Nonverbal Communication
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Moore, Leisa J., "Survey of Skills for Blissymbol Use : A Pilot Study" (1981). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1071.
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