Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs) affect the communication and the behavior abilities for school- aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A total of 65 participants completed an online survey regarding how they perceived the use of AAC affected their students or clients with ASDs communication and behavior abilities; along with their knowledge of AAC, their knowledge of ASD, and their level of experience. Overall the participants reported that the introduction of AAC had a positive effect on the behavior and communication abilities of their students and clients with ASD. These findings suggest that speech-generating AAC is a viable option for both supplementing communication, and treating behavior problems.

Advisor

Goldberg, Donald

Department

Communication

Disciplines

Other Life Sciences

Publication Date

2017

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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