Authors: McLaughlin K, Cascella PW
Title: Eliciting a Distal Gesture via Dynamic Assessment Among Students With Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disability
Source: Communication Disorders Quarterly 2008 29(2): 75-81
Year: 2008
Research Design: Single Case Design

This study attempted to elicit distal gestures within dynamic assessment structured sampling events from six children with moderate to severe intellectual disability (ages 8-13). Using four communication temptations and a least-to-most prompting hierarchy across three sessions, three participants who had both pre-symbolic and preintentional communication demonstrated an initial distal gesture, often in response to a choice making temptation. Clinical implications are discussed with regard to the utility of dynamic assessment structured sampling activities.

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