Vocabulary Selection in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

David R. Beukelman, Jackie McGinnis, Deanna Morrow

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The purpose of this article is to review those factors influencing vocabulary selection and retention for persons who use augmentative and alternative communication systems. The vocabulary needs of literate individuals who are able to spell their messages are discussed separately from the needs of preliterate or nonliterate individuals who are unable to spell and must be supplied with extensive vocabularies to cover their communication requirements. Research regarding informants and informant tools in the vocabulary selection process is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • augmentative and alternative communication
  • vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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