We have also been influenced by developments in research into child language. Research has recently focused on an area often ignored in the past; that of pragmatics, which is the study of language in its context of use. A pragmatic approach offers a perspective on child language that emphasizes how communication is achieved. It considers how language is used to communicate a variety of intentions, to relate to the communication needs of the listener and to participate in conversation and connected discourse (Bates, 1976).
For addressing language and communication skills our group of experts have developed several assistive technology devices.