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.
Cobb, Lamin K., "Let's Talk, An Investigation of Speech Generating Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7559.
Other Life Sciences
autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, speech-language pathologist, speech-generating-device.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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