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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079079/assessing-cognitive-functioning-in-females-with-rett-syndrome-by-eye-tracking-methodology
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Jaana Ahonniska-Assa, Orli Polack, Einat Saraf, Judy Wine, Tamar Silberg, Andreea Nissenkorn, Bruria Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: While many individuals with severe developmental impairments learn to communicate with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, a significant number of individuals show major difficulties in the effective use of AAC. Recent technological innovations, i.e., eye-tracking technology (ETT), aim to improve the transparency of communication and may also enable a more valid cognitive assessment. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether ETT in forced-choice tasks can enable children with very severe motor and speech impairments to respond consistently, allowing a more reliable evaluation of their language comprehension...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057676/comparison-of-the-effects-of-mobile-technology-aac-apps-on-programming-visual-scene-displays
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Jessica Caron, Janice Light, Beth E Davidoff, Kathryn D R Drager
Parents and professionals who work with individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) face tremendous time pressures, especially when programming vocabulary in AAC technologies. System design (from programming functions to layout options) necessitates a range of skills related to operational competence and can impose intensive training demands for communication partners. In fact, some AAC applications impose considerable learning demands, which can lead to increased time to complete the same programming tasks...
December 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045194/testing-an-aac-system-that-transforms-pictograms-into-natural-language-with-persons-with-cerebral-palsy
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Joan Pahisa-Solé, Jordi Herrera-Joancomartí
In this paper, we describe a compansion system that transforms the telegraphic language that comes from the use of pictogram-based Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) into natural language. The system was tested with 4 participants with severe cerebral palsy and ranging degrees of linguistic competence and intellectual disabilities. Participants had used pictogram-based AAC at least for the past 30 years each and presented a stable linguistic profile. During tests, which consisted in a total of 40 sessions, participants were able to learn new linguistic skills, such as the use of basic verb tenses, while using the compansion system, which proved a source of motivation...
October 18, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026509/development-and-evaluation-of-a-speech-generating-aac-mobile-app-for-minimally-verbal-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-mainland-china
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Sainan An, Xiaoping Feng, Yue Dai, Hongli Bo, Xiuqing Wang, Mu Li, John Zhuohao Woo, Xingmei Liang, Cheng Guo, Charles Xingchao Liu, Liping Wei
BACKGROUND: Mobile touchscreen devices are currently being used as speech-generating devices (SGDs) and have been shown to promote the communication skills, particularly the requesting skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have limited spoken language. However, no augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) mobile app has been developed and evaluated in the Chinese language in Mainland China. METHODS: We developed an AAC mobile app, which is the first in Mainland China, to our knowledge, named Yuudee (Chinese name (xiaoyudi))...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949264/development-and-evaluation-of-a-mobile-aac-a-virtual-therapist-and-speech-assistant-for-people-with-communication-disabilities
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Erh-Hsuan Wang, Leming Zhou, Szu-Han Kay Chen, Katya Hill, Bambang Parmanto
PURPOSE: The currently existing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technologies have limitations to produce the best communication rehabilitation outcomes and therefore a better solution is needed. METHOD: In this work, a mobile AAC app was developed based on results from research studies. Sophisticated AAC language programming, embedded training materials, and real-time communication performance reporting were integrated into the app. Two groups of study participants were recruited to participate a usability study and a preliminary feasibility study for the purpose of evaluating this mobile AAC app, respectively...
September 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934864/augmentative-and-alternative-communication-practices-a-descriptive-study-of-the-perceptions-of-south-african-speech-language-therapists
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Shakila Dada, Yvonne Murphy, Kerstin Tönsing
Speech-language therapists (SLTs) have direct contact with a wide variety of individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and they are therefore considered to have a primary role in the assessment, selection, and implementation of AAC symbols, techniques, aids, and strategies. Limited information is available with regard to SLTs' practices in the field of AAC, and there is a particular paucity of information about developing country contexts such as South Africa. The aim of this study was to determine how South African SLTs perceive their current AAC practices...
December 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922953/high-technology-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-for-individuals-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-and-complex-communication-needs-a-meta-analysis
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Jennifer B Ganz, Kristi L Morin, Margaret J Foster, Kimberly J Vannest, Derya Genç Tosun, Emily V Gregori, Stephanie L Gerow
The use of mobile technology is ubiquitous in modern society and is rapidly increasing in novel use. The use of mobile devices and software applications ("apps") as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is rapidly expanding in the community, and this is also reflected in the research literature. This article reports the social-communication outcome results of a meta-analysis of single-case experimental research on the use of high-tech AAC, including mobile devices, by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder...
December 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884601/systematic-review-of-aac-intervention-research-for-adolescents-and-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Christine Holyfield, Kathryn D R Drager, Jennifer M D Kremkow, Janice Light
Much of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) research for individuals with autism spectrum disorder has focused on young children. Given that the lives, communication, strengths, and needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder are quite different from those of young children, the purpose of the current study was to consolidate current AAC intervention research findings specific to these individuals. A systematic review was conducted to identify and evaluate relevant research. Results indicate that AAC intervention benefits adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder...
December 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873825/exploring-the-perspectives-of-people-who-use-alternative-and-augmentative-communication-aids-aac
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Katherine Broomfield, Karen Sage
This paper outlines the clinical doctoral research plan (funded by HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme) to engage the wide range of people who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to understand the perspectives of users in order to develop a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) to evaluate equipment and services.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873824/optimising-service-delivery-of-aac-at-devices-and-compensating-at-for-dyslexia
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Uta R Roentgen, Edith A V Hagedoren, Katrien D L Horions, Ruth J P Dalemans
To promote successful use of Assistive Technology (AT) supporting Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and compensating for dyslexia, the last steps of their provision, delivery and instruction, use, maintenance and evaluation, were optimised. In co-creation with all stakeholders based on a list of requirements an integral method and tools were developed.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873823/democratisation-of-aac-symbol-choices-using-technology
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E A Draffan, Mike Wald, Nadine Zeinoun, David Banes
The use of an online voting system has been developed to enable democratic choices of newly designed symbols to support speech, language and literacy skills in a localisation situation. The system works for those using and supporting Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) symbols on electronic systems by the provision of simplified scales of acceptance and adapted grids. The methodology and results highlighted the importance of user participation at the outset and concrete examples of symbol adaptations that were found necessary to ensure higher levels of user satisfaction...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873819/analysis-of-an-individual-s-language-to-improve-efficiency-of-an-aac-system
#12
Will Wade, Heidi Koester, Samantha McNeilly
The paper discusses the collection and analysis of a three-month language sample from an adult using a low-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system transcribed to analyse the frequency of words and letters to make suggestions for more efficiency.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793160/language-samples-from-children-who-use-speech-generating-devices-making-sense-of-small-samples-and-utterance-length
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Thomas Kovacs, Katya Hill
Purpose: Mean length of utterance in morphemes (MLUm) is underreported in people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). MLUm is difficult to measure in people who use AAC because of 2 challenges described in literature: the challenge of small language samples (difficulty collecting representative samples) and the challenge of transcribing short utterances (difficulty transcribing 1-morpheme utterances). We tested solutions to both challenges in a corpus of language samples from children who use speech-generating devices...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727477/national-survey-describing-and-quantifying-students-with-communication-needs
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Natalie R Andzik, John M Schaefer, Robert T Nichols, Yun-Ching Chung
PURPOSE: Research literature has yet to quantify and describe how students with complex communication needs are supported in the classroom and how special educators are being prepared to offer support. This study sought out special educators to complete a survey about their students with complex communication needs. METHOD: Over 4,000 teachers representing 50 states reported on the communicative and behavioral characteristics of 15,643 students. Teachers described the training they have received and instructional approaches they used...
July 20, 2017: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697629/culturally-and-linguistically-diverse-student-and-family-perspectives-of-aac
#15
Saili S Kulkarni, Jessica Parmar
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices are important for nonverbal students with disabilities to communicate with the verbal world. AAC devices provide access to academic and social opportunities for students with disabilities. With the changing demographics of schools and an emphasis on meaningful, culturally relevant instruction for all students, it is important to consider how AAC devices are utilized and perceived by individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and their families...
July 12, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675073/designing-interaction-voice-and-inclusion-in-aac-research
#16
Graham Pullin, Jutta Treviranus, Rupal Patel, Jeff Higginbotham
The ISAAC 2016 Research Symposium included a Design Stream that examined timely issues across augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), framed in terms of designing interaction, designing voice, and designing inclusion. Each is a complex term with multiple meanings; together they represent challenging yet important frontiers of AAC research. The Design Stream was conceived by the four authors, researchers who have been exploring AAC and disability-related design throughout their careers, brought together by a shared conviction that designing for communication implies more than ensuring access to words and utterances...
July 4, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658678/revisiting-communicative-competence-in-augmentative-and-alternative-communication
#17
Meng-Ju Tsai
OBJECTIVE: This tutorial paper is to explore the novel nature of communicative competence in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) practice by comparing it to communicative competence in naturally verbal dyadic communication. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This paper first reviews the four domains of communicative competence in AAC practice. Second, it examines competence in dyadic communications between naturally verbal people without disabilities, deriving new insights and using these to analyze the evolution of communicative competence in AAC practice...
2016: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637192/an-explorative-study-examining-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-training-in-the-field-of-music-therapy
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Anita L Gadberry, Alison Sweeney
Background: Music therapists work with many people who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As communication goals are central to music therapy practice, many music therapists would benefit from training in AAC. Objective: The purpose of this survey study was to determine the state of AAC education for music therapists at the university level, how AAC is being used in music therapy sessions, and how practicing music therapists are trained in AAC...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Music Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633531/the-effectiveness-of-aided-augmented-input-techniques-for-persons-with-developmental-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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Anna A Allen, Ralf W Schlosser, Kristofer L Brock, Howard C Shane
When working with individuals with little or no functional speech, clinicians often recommend that communication partners use the client's augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device when speaking to the client. This is broadly known as "augmented input" and is thought to enhance the client's learning of language form and content. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the effects of augmented input on communication outcomes in persons with developmental disabilities and persons with childhood apraxia of speech who use aided AAC...
June 21, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617614/effects-of-background-color-and-symbol-arrangement-cues-on-construction-of-multi-symbol-messages-by-young-children-without-disabilities-implications-for-aided-aac-design
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Jennifer J Thistle, Krista Wilkinson
Children whose speech does not meet their communication needs often benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The design of an AAC display may influence the child's ability to communicate effectively. The current study examined how symbol background color cues and symbol arrangement affected construction of multi-symbol messages using line-drawing symbols, by young children with typical development. Participants (N = 52) heard a spoken phrase matching a photograph and selected line drawings within a 4 × 4 array...
June 15, 2017: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
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