There Are Some Things You Just Cant Say With Your Right Hand

David R. Beukelman

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The speech synthesis or print output of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) techniques may be effective in communicating foreground messages; however, they may obscure or even distort the background messages of social closeness. Many of the strategies used by normal speaking individuals to communicate background messages will probably not be effective for persons using AAC techniques; therefore, as clinical researchers, we will need to document the successful strategies that allow AAC system users to communicate background messages that convey emotion and mood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-258
Number of pages2
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Emotion
  • Message

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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