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The iPad and Mobile Technology Revolution: Benefits and Challenges for Individuals who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication
TLDR
There is an urgent need for effective collaboration among key stakeholders to support research and development activities, and to ensure the successful implementation of mobile technologies to enhance communication outcomes for individuals who require AAC and their families. Expand
“A child needs to be given a chance to succeed”: Parents of individuals who use AAC describe the benefits and challenges of learning AAC technologies
TLDR
Important supports to learning how to make effective use of AAC technology included opportunities for individual exploration, use of the technology in role play activities, organized instruction, and opportunities for functional use in the community. Expand
Communicative Competence for Individuals who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A New Definition for a New Era of Communication?
TLDR
The preliminary definition of communicative competence is reviewed, the changes in the field are considered, and the proposed definition is revisited to determine if it is still relevant and valid for this new era of communication. Expand
Communication Partner Instruction in AAC: Present Practices and Future Directions
The success of communicative interaction is dependent on the communication skills of each individual participating in the exchange. Accordingly, in the case of an interaction involving an individualExpand
The Changing Face of Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Past, Present, and Future Challenges
TLDR
The enormous changes that have taken place in the field of augmentative and alternative communication over the past four decades are considered and the future challenges that lie ahead are reflected on. Expand
Measuring Parent Satisfaction with Early Childhood Intervention Programs
This article reviews current practices in the measurement of parent satisfaction with early intervention services and discusses methodological issues related to these measurement activities. AExpand
Supporting the Communication, Language, and Literacy Development of Children with Complex Communication Needs: State of the Science and Future Research Priorities
TLDR
Future research must address two significant challenges: investigating how to improve the design of AAC apps/ technologies so as to better meet the breadth of communication needs for the diverse population of children with CCN; and ensuring the effective translation of these evidence-based AAC interventions to the everyday lives of childrenWith CCN so that the possible becomes the probable. Expand
Putting People First: Re-Thinking the Role of Technology in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention
  • J. Light, D. Mcnaughton
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • 15 November 2013
TLDR
Those involved in AAC research and development activities must ensure that the design of AAC technologies is driven by an understanding of motor, sensory, cognitive, and linguistic processing, in order to minimize learning demands and maximize communication power for individuals with complex communication needs across the life span. Expand
“When I First Got It, I Wanted to Throw It Off a Cliff”: The Challenges and Benefits of Learning AAC Technologies as Described by Adults who use AAC
Seven individuals (aged 21 – 41 years) with cerebral palsy and who used speech generating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices participated in a focus group discussion on theExpand
“All Children Can and Should Have the Opportunity to Learn”: General Education Teachers' Perspectives on Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who Require AAC
A qualitative online focus group methodology was used to investigate the experiences of five elementary school teachers (grades K-5) who had included in their general education classrooms childrenExpand
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