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

Keywords

autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, speech-language pathologist, speech-generating-device.

Publication Date

2017

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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