Recent Research Results

Tangible Symbols - Front CoverTangible Symbols have proved useful for a wide variety of individuals of all ages. Tangible Symbols Systems is not just a mode of communication, but a systematic instructional sequence. A recent study (Rowland & Schweigert, 2000) demonstrated the following findings:    

  • Tangible symbols may serve as a bridge to other symbol systems, including abstract symbol systems such as speech or manual sign language.   
  • Learning to use tangible symbols does not interfere with the acquisition of speech.   
  • Tangible symbols may be a useful means of communication for some children with autism spectrum disorders.   
  • Individuals who are already able to communicate effectively using gestures or vocalizations are more readily able to learn to use tangible symbols than are those who do not have intentional pre-symbolic communication skills.

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