Response to Hershberger In general I agree with many of the issues that Hershberger has made regarding my article. However, many of his statements regarding factors affecting the ultimate selection of a communication device are applicable to the computer-based communication aid. I do not agree with Hershberger’s discussion about interactive communication. It takes ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   January 01, 1994
Response to Hershberger
 
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  • Mark Mizuko
    University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Mizuko’s original article, the phone number for the Trace Research and Development Center should have been (608) 26–6966.
    Mizuko’s original article, the phone number for the Trace Research and Development Center should have been (608) 26–6966.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   January 01, 1994
Response to Hershberger
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1994, Vol. 3, 89-a-90. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0301.89b
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1994, Vol. 3, 89-a-90. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0301.89b
In general I agree with many of the issues that Hershberger has made regarding my article. However, many of his statements regarding factors affecting the ultimate selection of a communication device are applicable to the computer-based communication aid.
I do not agree with Hershberger’s discussion about interactive communication. It takes more than a communication device and a language interface to facilitate interactive communication. Other factors, such as nonverbal communication, pragmatic skills, and cognitive skills, may contribute to this process.
One of the reasons that laptop computers have not been used widely as communication aids is that they have not been available as long as dedicated communication aids. The second reason is that many users may not be aware of the computer capabilities as communication aids, which relates to my reason for writing the original article. It is important that consumers are aware of what aids are available and their capabilities. After all, they are the ones who will be using these aids. I totally agree that the users who are capable of conversation are using dedicated systems that support the Minspeak paradigm. But what about the individuals who do not have those skills? No device will serve all of their needs. Some devices will serve others better.
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