Reliability of Speech Generating Devices: A 5-Year Review

@article{Shepherd2009ReliabilityOS,
  title={Reliability of Speech Generating Devices: A 5-Year Review},
  author={Tracy A. Shepherd and Kent Campbell and Anne Marie Renzoni and Nahum Sloan},
  journal={Augmentative and Alternative Communication},
  year={2009},
  volume={25},
  pages={145 - 153}
}
Individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) depend on technology to meet their daily needs and form relationships. Speech generating devices (SGDs) are integral components of communication systems. Reliability of SGDs is critical for effective use in everyday life. This study examined the reliability of new SGDs and found that mean time to first failure was 42.7 (SD = 41.2) weeks and at least 40% required repairs within the first year of use. The components that most… Expand
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