Good morning and welcome to the Write:Talk Research Project web site. Here you will be able to find out more about the project, who is involved and our contact information.
The Write:Talk project is investigating the use of story writing and story telling skills on the interactive communication of young people with unintelligible speech. Researchers worked for one year with five young people who all had difficulties with expressive communication. A story based communication approach using a lap top computer was introduced to allow participants to write, store, and tell their own stories.
All five participants benefited from a narrative based approach; the use of a literacy based communication system within a personal computer has provided these young people with a wide range of communication modes and the use and development of their own pre-stored stories. This provides a bridge between formal classroom work and interactive communication and allows teachers and speech and language therapists to use the same system to achieve a common communication and education goal.
The evaluation of the computer software has led to plans to redesign the computer interface in order to make it easier for young people to access and store their stories and to have the flexibility to account for the potential users.
Please email any queries to Annalu Waller
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Last Updated: May 14 2001
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