Research Project Title

An Analysis Comparing the Effects of Two Interventions, iPad and Computer Typing, on the Rate and Accuracy of Augmentative Communication for an Adolescent with Autism

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the rate and accuracy of two augmentative communication interventions for a 17-year-old high school student with Autism. Target behaviors included the rate and the number of correctly answered questions. Both duration and permanent product recording systems within a multi-element design (with computer sessions acting as control) assessed both behaviors across both interventions. For intervention, the participant was asked 5 questions for each communication mode. For the computer, the participant typed letters. For the IPAD with Proloquo2go, the researchers modeled with fading physical prompts how to touch and access the picture icons. Results showed that the iPad was much more efficient and accurate for the participant over using the computer. This research shows that iPad usage and computerized picture systems, such as Proloquo2go, assist in the confidence and spontaneous vocalizations of individuals who previously were unable to communicate.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-i

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An Analysis Comparing the Effects of Two Interventions, iPad and Computer Typing, on the Rate and Accuracy of Augmentative Communication for an Adolescent with Autism

HUB Multipurpose Room

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the rate and accuracy of two augmentative communication interventions for a 17-year-old high school student with Autism. Target behaviors included the rate and the number of correctly answered questions. Both duration and permanent product recording systems within a multi-element design (with computer sessions acting as control) assessed both behaviors across both interventions. For intervention, the participant was asked 5 questions for each communication mode. For the computer, the participant typed letters. For the IPAD with Proloquo2go, the researchers modeled with fading physical prompts how to touch and access the picture icons. Results showed that the iPad was much more efficient and accurate for the participant over using the computer. This research shows that iPad usage and computerized picture systems, such as Proloquo2go, assist in the confidence and spontaneous vocalizations of individuals who previously were unable to communicate.