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Construct Validation and Categorization of Assessment Index on Nonsymbolic Communication for Individuals with Physical Disabilities(AINC-PD)

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(1), pp.145-171
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

박경옥 1

1한국우진학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the study was to develop and validate assessment index on nonsymbolic communication for individuals with physical disabilities (AINC-PD). Preliminary items of assessing nonsymbolic communication skills were 86, and 162 experts in special education and speech therapy selected the level of importance for each item. The validation of the assessment items was conducted by means, standard deviation, item analysis, and factor analysis. As a result, we found out 7 areas and 49 items: (a) Communicative Forms - Actions (or Motion), (b) Communicative Forms - Facial Expression & Eye Gazing, (c) Communicative Functions (Request & Protest Objects/Social interaction/Joint attention), (d) Intention, (e) Communicative Forms - Dependance on Adults, (f) Discourse Function, (g) Communicative Forms - Changes in Muscle Tone. Individuals’ behaviors of nonsymbolic communication could be approached systematically and objectively by the assessment index constructed through this study.

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