Children's attitudes toward a nonspeaking child using various augmentative and alternative communication techniques.

Document Type



Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)


Attitudes of children toward a nonspeaking child using three different augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques were explored. Fourth grade children viewed videotapes showing a child communicating using either an aided electronic technique, an aided nonelectronic technique, or an unaided technique. Attitudes were measured using the Chedoke-McMaster Attitudes toward Children with Handicaps (CATCH) scale, and information was collected on the children's experience and exposure to disabled individuals and their reading comprehension level. Results indicated no difference in attitudes between the groups viewing the three different AAC techniques. More positive attitudes were exhibited by females, better readers, and children who reported experience with disabled children. Results are interpreted in light of information on development of attitudes.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Augmentative & Alternative Communication