Using SALT: Considerations for the Analysis of Language Transcripts of Children Who Use SGDs This paper exemplifies the process we used to customize the Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software to monitor a wide range of language measures for children who use high-tech speech-generating devices (SGDs) when taking into consideration two main characteristics of aided communication: multimodality and co-constructed interaction structure. General considerations ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
Using SALT: Considerations for the Analysis of Language Transcripts of Children Who Use SGDs
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gat Savaldi-Harussi
    University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Gloria Soto
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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  • Financial: This research was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health R15DC012418-01.
    Financial: This research was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health R15DC012418-01.×
  • Nonfinancial: Earlier versions of this article were presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), The Annual Convention of ISAAC Israel, The Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the 10th Annual University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk.
    Nonfinancial: Earlier versions of this article were presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), The Annual Convention of ISAAC Israel, The Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the 10th Annual University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Language Disorders / Part 4
Article   |   December 29, 2016
Using SALT: Considerations for the Analysis of Language Transcripts of Children Who Use SGDs
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 110-124. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.110
History: Received March 11, 2016 , Revised July 12, 2016 , Accepted July 30, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 110-124. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.110
History: Received March 11, 2016; Revised July 12, 2016; Accepted July 30, 2016

This paper exemplifies the process we used to customize the Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software to monitor a wide range of language measures for children who use high-tech speech-generating devices (SGDs) when taking into consideration two main characteristics of aided communication: multimodality and co-constructed interaction structure. General considerations relevant to Language Sampling and Analysis (LSA) and examples of their applications are described in conversations between young aided speakers (child) and natural speakers (adult) and include the following stages: (a) eliciting and videotaping a representative sample of the child's language; (b) transcribing verbatim the language sample according to SALT conventions and modifications; and (c) analyzing the language sample with the common SALT commands and new variables (codes) measures. Our findings suggest that SALT software can be easily adapted and used as a tool for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evidence-based practice.

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