What is Communication Mode | IGI Global (2024)

The medium or channel through which communicative intent is expressed. Typical communication modes include natural speech, facial expression and gesture. Exceptional communication modes include the use of graphic symbols or synthetic speech. Communication generally draws on multiple modes, such as vocalization, speech, gesture and symbols, and is referred to as multimodal.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices: The Voices of Adult Users

Martine Smith (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) and Janice Murray (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-206-0.ch004


Over the last 30 years, significant advances have been made in the technology supporting augmentative and alternative communication devices. However, technology often brings with it as many problems as solutions. This chapter reports on data collected in interviews with adults who use aided communication. In these interviews, they discuss aspects of their communication world and the opportunities and barriers they face. The chapter highlights some of the diversity of individuals who use, or who choose not to use, aided communication. It also considers the complexity of factors that may critically influence communication experiences and discusses some of these factors within the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

What is Communication Mode | IGI Global (2024)
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