An example of a communication assessment will be shown in the next video clip.

Iris is a student with CHARGE Syndrome. Her mother conducts the assessment at home. In this clip, mother makes it clear to Iris that her little sister, Laura, must go to bed. With careful observation, you can see that Iris and her mother look at Laura simultaneously. The subject of conversation is on both their minds. This is called joint attention.

Iris then takes the conversational initiative, by climbing onto mother’s lap and kissing her. She’s communicating to mother that she should also give Laura a kiss. At this stage of development, Iris has no formal system (e.g. speech or signs) for communicating her intentions.

This clip is taken from the CD Charge Syndrome Revisited 2007 produced by Jan van Dijk, Catherine Nelson & Arno de Kort (2007). Go to Iris 07.

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