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Service provider attitudes regarding conversational rule violations in three public settings.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 2;36(1):4-17. Epub 2020 May 2.

Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.

Previous research identified an attitudinal hierarchy of conversational tradeoff choices among public service providers involving utterance-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems in a bookstore context. The purpose of the current research was to determine if there was a hierarchy of choices in three additional settings (i.e. Read More

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Validity of a nonspeech dynamic assessment of the alphabetic principle in preschool and school-aged children.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 6;36(1):54-62. Epub 2020 Apr 6.

Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA.

Learning to read and spell is an important but difficult achievement for children who have complex communication needs. Given that assessment is a vital part of any intervention program, one major barrier is the lack of reliable and valid assessments for this population. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of Dynamic Assessment of the Alphabetic Principle (DAAP), which does not require spoken responses. Read More

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Incorporating discriminative stimuli into functional communication training with augmentative and alternative communication devices: a tutorial.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 2;36(1):63-70. Epub 2020 Apr 2.

Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA.

Functional communication training (FCT) is a commonly used and effective treatment for problem behavior maintained by social reinforcement (e.g., an individual engages in self-injurious behavior to gain access to adult attention). Read More

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Using AAC video visual scene displays to increase participation and communication within a volunteer activity for adolescents with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 25;36(1):31-42. Epub 2020 Mar 25.

Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

Volunteer activities can provide opportunities to learn new skills, build social networks, and contribute to enhanced self-esteem. Volunteering also provides a positive contribution to society, and an opportunity to participate in activities that may differ from those in paid employment. People with severe disabilities and complex communication needs, however, may face significant barriers in participating and communicating in volunteer activities. Read More

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Core vocabulary lists for young children and considerations for early language development: a narrative review.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 14;36(1):43-53. Epub 2020 Mar 14.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

For early symbolic communicators, acquisition of an initial vocabulary is a critically important achievement that sets the stage for future language development. Children who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) rely on others to select and provide these important first words for them. One resource to help guide this process includes published lists of words that may contribute to a core vocabulary for individuals who require AAC. Read More

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The structure of participants' turn-transition practices in aided conversations that use speech-output technologies.

Augment Altern Commun 2020 Mar 23;36(1):18-30. Epub 2020 Jan 23.

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, The University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Using the concepts and principles of conversation analysis (CA), this paper examines the everyday, unscripted, spontaneous conversations between 4 males who communicated with the aid of speech-output technologies and their mothers. The analyses focused on describing the conversationalists' various actions in aided turn-transition processes, resulting in a 3-part turn-transition structure used to accomplish aided turn initiation. Despite the challenges to conversational progress, the participants did not consider the conversational speed a challenge. Read More

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Preliminary investigation of the effects of a prelinguistic AAC intervention on social gaze behaviors from school-age children with multiple disabilities.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 28;35(4):285-298. Epub 2019 Dec 28.

Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA.

Some school-age children with multiple disabilities communicate predominately through the display of prelinguistic behaviors such as gestures, vocalizations, facial expressions, and eye gaze. Increasing the frequency and complexity of these behaviors may be one approach to building communication and transitioning toward linguistic communication (i.e. Read More

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December 2019

Backward chaining and speech-output technologies to enhance functional communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 26;35(4):251-262. Epub 2019 Dec 26.

Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Behavioral intervention packages in combination with speech output technologies have been utilized to develop communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The current study aimed to extend previous research (Gevarter et al.; Gevarter & Horan) by examining the effects of backward chaining in combination with least-to-most prompting, time delay, and differential reinforcement on the acquisition of functional communication skills. Read More

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December 2019

Intervention focus moderates the association between initial receptive language and language outcomes for toddlers with developmental delay.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 23;35(4):263-273. Epub 2019 Dec 23.

Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.

This ex-post facto study reanalyzed data from Romski et al. to examine whether intervention focus moderated the relationship between pre-intervention standardized measures of receptive language and post-intervention standardized measures of receptive and expressive language age and observations of expressive target vocabulary size. In all, 62 toddlers with developmental delay were randomly assigned to augmented communication-input (AC-I), augmented communication-output (AC-O), or spoken communication (SC) interventions. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6981029PMC
December 2019

Determining a Zulu core vocabulary for children who use augmentative and alternative communication.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 13;35(4):274-284. Epub 2019 Dec 13.

Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Vocabulary selection is an important aspect to consider when designing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for children who have not yet developed conventional literacy skills. AAC team members have used core vocabulary lists (representing words most commonly and frequently used by speakers of a natural language) as a resource to assist in this process. To date, there are no core vocabulary lists for Zulu. Read More

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December 2019

Effect of an application with video visual scene displays on communication during play: pilot study of a child with autism spectrum disorder and a peer.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 13;35(4):299-308. Epub 2019 Dec 13.

Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and limited speech are at risk for exclusion from pretend play with their peers due in part to communication difficulties. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effect of an intervention package, consisting of tablet-based augmentative and alternative communication technology with video visual scene displays (video VSDs) and instruction, on communication between a child with ASD and a peer with typical development across three play activities. One dyad, consisting of the child with ASD and the peer, participated in this study. Read More

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December 2019

Programing AAC just-in-time for beginning communicators: the process.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 12 2;35(4):309-318. Epub 2019 Dec 2.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.

Individuals who have limited or no speech as a result of intellectual and developmental disabilities and who are beginning communicators (i.e., are learning early linguistic skills such as first words and early semantic relations) require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to build both their expressive communication and their internal language structures. Read More

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December 2019

Speech pathologist perspectives on the acceptance versus rejection or abandonment of AAC systems for children with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 15;35(3):193-204. Epub 2019 Jul 15.

a School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland , Brisbane , Australia.

Despite the benefits of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for children with complex communication needs, these systems are not consistently accepted by parents. This study aimed to explore factors that contribute to the acceptance, rejection, or abandonment of AAC systems. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who had introduced at least one AAC system that was rejected or abandoned by the parent of a young child, as well as one that had been accepted. Read More

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September 2019

Preliminary investigation of visual attention to complex AAC visual scene displays in individuals with and without developmental disabilities.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 15;35(3):240-250. Epub 2019 Jul 15.

a Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University , Dallas , PA , USA.

Visual scene displays (VSDs) are one type of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) display in which an integrated scene (typically a photograph) presents people engaged in shared activities, with "hotspots" for the concepts embedded within. Most AAC displays are more complex than a single VSD, and also contain a navigation bar. This preliminary study examined visual attention to these more complex AAC displays by participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ( = 13), Down syndrome ( = 13), intellectual and developmental disabilities other than Down syndrome or ASD ( = 9), and preschoolers with typical development ( = 20). Read More

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September 2019
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Professionals' decision-making in recommending communication aids in the UK: competing considerations.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 10;35(3):167-179. Epub 2019 Jul 10.

a Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University , Manchester , UK.

Existing research suggests the provision of communication aids for children with complex communication needs can have significant positive impacts on health and quality-of-life. The process of clinical decision-making related to the recommendation of high-tech communication aids is not well documented or evaluated, and research evidence related to the provision of these aids remains limited. This study aimed to understand the factors that specialized AAC professionals in the UK consider when recommending high-tech communication aids. Read More

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September 2019

Weaving participation, interaction, and technology across recreational experiences: perspectives from volunteers, caregivers, and people with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 8;35(3):217-228. Epub 2019 Jul 8.

a Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, Ohio University , Athens , OH , USA.

Recreational and leisure activities offer many meaningful and motivating opportunities for communication and improving quality-of-life. Volunteers in recreation activities have important roles as participation and communication facilitators, while also creating opportunities for learning and social interaction. The aim of this study was to implement a novel photo and video intervention called the CAPTURE & Share Program, and to evaluate its impact on communication opportunities and participation. Read More

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September 2019
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Decision-making in communication aid recommendations in the UK: cultural and contextual influencers.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 4;35(3):180-192. Epub 2019 Jul 4.

a Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University , Manchester , UK.

High-tech communication aids are one form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention offered to children following an assessment process to identify the most appropriate system based on their needs. Professional recommendations are likely to include consideration of child characteristics and communication aid attributes. Recommendations may be influenced by contextual factors related to the cultural work practices and service context of professionals involved, as well as by contextual factors from the child's life including their family environment and wider settings. Read More

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September 2019
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Visual processing patterns of adults with traumatic brain injury when viewing image-based grids and visual scenes.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 1;35(3):229-239. Epub 2019 Jul 1.

d Eden Home Health , Bellingham , WA , USA.

Many individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports to meet functional communication needs. The use of images to display message content may be advantageous for this population, given deficits in literacy, visual processing, and cognition. Grid and visual scene displays are two options for presenting images within AAC systems. Read More

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September 2019
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The effect of augmented input on the auditory comprehension of narratives for people with aphasia: a pilot investigation.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 7;35(2):148-155. Epub 2019 Jun 7.

c Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , The University of Texas at Austin , Austin , TX , USA.

Augmented input is the strategy of supplementing expressive language with visuographic images, print, gestures, or objects in the environment. The goal of augmented input is to facilitate comprehension of spoken language. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relative effectiveness of two different augmented input conditions in facilitating auditory comprehension of narrative passages in adults with aphasia. Read More

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June 2019
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The emergence of clause construction in children who use speech generating devices.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 9;35(2):109-119. Epub 2019 May 9.

c Department of Special Education and Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences , San Francisco State University , San Francisco , CA , USA.

This study aimed to detect patterns in clause construction structural changes produced by four participants aged 9;5-13;7 (years;months) with motor speech disorders who used speech-generating devices. Sequences of adult-child interactions, drawn from the data of a larger study focused on enhancing vocabulary and grammar skills, were examined. This current study comprises a secondary analysis of a corpus of 29 conversations totalling 808. Read More

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June 2019
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The most frequently used words: Comparing child-directed speech and young children's speech to inform vocabulary selection for aided input.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 28;35(2):120-131. Epub 2019 Apr 28.

a The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , Chapel Hill , NC , USA.

Transactional theories of communication development focus on the interplay among child, caregiver, and environmental variables. Typically, this interplay involves symmetry between receptive and expressive modes (i.e. Read More

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June 2019
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Perspectives and experiences of adults who use AAC on making and keeping friends.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 09 29;35(3):205-216. Epub 2019 Apr 29.

a School of Communication Science and Disorders, Florida State University , Tallahassee , FL , USA.

Research on friendship consistently finds that individuals with disabilities, including those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), have fewer friendships than individuals without disabilities, and that those friendships lack depth. Although the literature relating to the friendship experiences of individuals who use AAC is limited, some first-hand accounts written by individuals who use AAC describe positive interactions with friends and robust social networks. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the concept of friendship for individuals who use AAC from their own perspective. Read More

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September 2019
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An online community of practice to improve intervention for individuals with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 22;35(2):142-147. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

b Department of Pediatrics , Oregon Health and Science University , Portland , OR , USA.

Collaboration and information sharing are essential in the fast moving world of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This paper describes communities of practice, justifies their need in AAC, and introduces the Communication Matrix Community of Practice (CMCoP)-an online community of practice for professionals and family members supporting individuals at the earliest stages of communication development. Stakeholders share the goal of advancing language and communication intervention for individuals with complex communication needs. Read More

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June 2019
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Augmentative and alternative communication in the Philippines: a survey of speech-language pathologist competence, training, and practice.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 19;35(2):156-166. Epub 2019 Mar 19.

b Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Medical Professions , University of the Philippines Manila , Manila , Philippines.

A cross-sectional survey study was undertaken to describe the perceived competence, pre- and post-professional training, and practice of Filipino speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Printed and electronic questionnaires were distributed to all SLPs in the Philippines with at least 1 year of practice experience. A total of 152 (47%) questionnaires were returned. Read More

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June 2019
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Building capacity in AAC: A person-centred approach to supporting participation by people with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 03 27;35(1):56-68. Epub 2019 Feb 27.

e Bryn Mawr , PA , USA.

Effective communication is based both on the capacity of the person with complex communication needs, and of other key stakeholders (including communication and education professionals, family members, community partners, and healthcare professionals), to ensure that appropriate AAC supports are provided. In this paper, we describe strategies to build awareness of AAC and to assist people with complex communication needs in obtaining needed services; to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of AAC service providers; to provide instruction for people with complex communication needs, as well as communication partners and advocates; and to develop communication supports in society more broadly. We also provide an agenda for building capacity in research and development activities to support full participation by people with complex communication needs throughout society. Read More

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March 2019
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Error patterns and revisions in the graphic symbol utterances of 3- and 4-year-old children who need augmentative and alternative communication.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 26;35(2):95-108. Epub 2019 Feb 26.

a Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences , University of New Mexico , Albuquerque , NM , USA.

The purpose of this study was to explore the errors and revisions (i.e., repairs) that 3- and 4-year-old children who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) make as they construct 2-3-word utterances using graphic symbols. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6570555PMC
June 2019
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What's important in AAC decision making for children? Evidence from a best-worst scaling survey.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 15;35(2):80-94. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

b Faculty of Health Psychology and Social Care , Manchester Metropolitan University , Manchester , UK.

The choice of which AAC device to provide for a child can have long lasting consequences, but little is known about the decision-making of AAC professionals who make recommendations in this context. A survey was conducted with AAC professionals using best-worst scaling methodology examining what characteristics of children and attributes of AAC devices are considered most important in decision-making. A total of 19 child characteristics and 18 device attributes were selected by the authors from lists generated from literature reviews and from focus groups with AAC professionals, people who use AAC, and other stakeholders. Read More

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June 2019
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Exploring participation experiences of youth who use AAC in social media settings: impact of an e-mentoring intervention.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 8;35(2):132-141. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

c Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University , Adelaide , Australia.

The contribution of cross-age peer e-mentoring on reported experiences of participation during online conversations using social media was explored in this pre-experimental study. Young people ( = 4, aged 13; 4-18;3 [years; months]) who used augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) participated in an e-mentoring intervention. Two mentors who also used AAC had regular conversations with the participants via Facebook , email, or Skype . Read More

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June 2019
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New and emerging access technologies for adults with complex communication needs and severe motor impairments: State of the science.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 03 21;35(1):13-25. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

a Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals , Lincoln , NE , USA.

Individuals with complex communication needs often use alternative access technologies to control their augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, their computers, and mobile technologies. While a range of access devices is available, many challenges continue to exist, particularly for those with severe motor-control limitations. For some, access options may not be readily available or access itself may be inaccurate and frustrating. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436971PMC
March 2019
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Challenges and opportunities in augmentative and alternative communication: Research and technology development to enhance communication and participation for individuals with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 03 16;35(1):1-12. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

d InvoTek, Inc , Alma , AR , USA.

The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has witnessed significant changes since its inception. AAC services are now considered for a much greater number of individuals with complex communication needs and there are many more AAC options available as communication supports, including a proliferation of technologies. The scope and options for communication within society have increased substantially to include a wide array of digital and social media. Read More

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March 2019
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New and emerging AAC technology supports for children with complex communication needs and their communication partners: State of the science and future research directions.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 03 16;35(1):26-41. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

a Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , The Pennsylvania State University , University Park , PA , USA.

This paper discusses recent research and development with a specific focus on selected new and emerging research-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies that are developmentally appropriate and responsive to the individual interests, needs, and skills of children with developmental disabilities, their families, peers, and other communication partners. Specifically, this paper reviews the state of the science and future directions related to recent research and development of AAC technologies as supports to (a) enhance language learning, (b) facilitate social interaction, (c) improve literacy skills, (d) increase participation in society, and (e) teach interaction strategies to communication partners. Read More

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March 2019
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Designing effective AAC displays for individuals with developmental or acquired disabilities: State of the science and future research directions.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 03 16;35(1):42-55. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

d Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals , Lincoln , NE , USA.

This paper reviews research on the impact of AAC display variables on visual attention and performance of children with developmental disabilities and adults with acquired conditions, and considers implications for designing effective visual scene displays (VSDs) or grids. When using VSDs with children with developmental disabilities or adults with acquired conditions, research supports the use of personalized photo VSDs that include familiar people engaged in meaningful activities, with navigation bars with thumbnail VSDs, located adjacent to the main VSD. Adults with acquired conditions seem to benefit from the inclusion of text boxes adjacent to the scene. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436972PMC
March 2019
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Visual-graphic symbol acquisition in school age children with developmental and language delays.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 4;34(4):265-275. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

a Georgia State University.

Augmented language systems have become both an integral component of communication intervention programs for children with severe communicative impairments and spurred research on their language and communication development. This study examined intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may influence the language development process for children with developmental disabilities, by exploring the relationship between varying degrees of symbol arbitrariness and extant speech comprehension skills in the discrimination, learning, and use of symbols for communication. For the study, 13 school-aged participants (M = 8. Read More

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December 2018
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Effectiveness of video-based modelling to facilitate conversational turn taking of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who use AAC.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 20;34(4):311-322. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

a Speech Pathology & Audiology, College of Nursing & Health Sciences , Flinders University , South Australia.

This study evaluated and compared the effectiveness of packaged video modelling (VM) and video self-modelling (VSM) interventions to develop conversational behaviors with four adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who used augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The study was conducted using an alternating treatments design nested within a multiple baseline design. The intervention effect was measured using Robust-Improvement Rate Difference (R-IRD). Read More

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December 2018
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Responsiveness of a parent-reported outcome measure to evaluate AAC interventions for children and youth with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 29;34(4):348-358. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

b Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions requires reliable measures that are responsive to change. The aim of this study was to explore the potential of the Family Impact of Assistive Technology Scale for AAC (FIATS-AAC) to detect functional change in children and youth with AAC needs, aged 3-17 years, and their families, 6 and 12 weeks after receiving a graphic-based, speech-generating device (SGD). Parents whose children were awaiting a SGD as part of their regular AAC service participated in the study. Read More

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December 2018
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The complexities of AAC intervention research: emerging trends to consider.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 29;34(4):258-264. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

a Georgia State University , Atlanta , GA , USA.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is always about intervening and the subsequent effects of the interventions (e.g., on the AAC user, family perspectives, educational outcomes, and vocational outcomes). Read More

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December 2018
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A modified multimodal communication treatment for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 29;34(4):323-334. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

b Department of Speech-Language Pathology , Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

People living with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) might use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) due to cognitive-communication disabilities and/or co-occurring motor speech disorders. However, the most effective method for teaching people with TBI to use AAC strategies and resolve communication breakdowns is unknown. Prior research conducted with people with aphasia suggests an integrated multimodal treatment improved the use of AAC to resolve communication breakdowns. Read More

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December 2018
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Reflections on a special issue: motivations to encourage intervention designs.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 29;34(4):255-257. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

a Editors, AAC Journal

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December 2018
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Construct validity of the family impact of assistive technology scale for augmentative and alternative communication.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 29;34(4):335-347. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

b Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto , Ontario , Canada.

The Family Impact of Assistive Technology Scale for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (FIATS-AAC) measures parent-reported functioning and factors that affect functioning in children who use AAC. The aim of the current study was to assess its construct validity. For the study, 47 parents of children with AAC needs completed the FIATS-AAC and two other parent-reported questionnaires: a child quality-of-life measure and a community participation measure. Read More

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December 2018
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Evaluating an AAC training for special education teachers in Sri Lanka,a low- and middle-income country.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 22;34(4):276-287. Epub 2018 Sep 22.

a Department of Disability Studies , The University of Kelaniya , Kelaniya , Sri Lanka.

A majority of people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries where communication services for individuals with complex communication needs are scarce. It is essential that communication partners of individuals who have complex communication needs receive training to support communication. To address this issue, the current study evaluated an augmentative and alternative communication training for special education teachers living in a low- and middle-income country, Sri Lanka. Read More

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December 2018
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A qualitative metasynthesis of the meaning of speech-generating devices for people with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2019 06 19;35(2):69-79. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

d HEB Manitoba , Winnipeg , Canada.

The aim of this metasynthesis review of published qualitative research was to investigate the lived experience and meaning ascribed to speech-generating devices (SGDs) by people with complex communication needs and their familiar communication partners. Bibliographic databases were searched up to June 2016, and selected articles were assessed for their relevance to the research aim. The metasynthesis included 21 original articles and resulted in the identification of six main themes, each of which was comprised of two or more sub-themes that related to the experience of using SGD: It's an Inefficient Voice, It's Not a Natural Voice, Making the Most of This Voice, It's My Voice, It's More Than a Voice, and Having a Voice: Being Heard. Read More

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June 2019
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A critical synthesis of barriers and facilitators to the use of AAC by children with autism spectrum disorder and their communication partners.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 09 19;34(3):242-253. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

a Faculty of Education and Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences , The University of Newcastle , Callaghan , Australia.

The aim of this review was to critically synthesize barriers and facilitators to the use of AAC systems by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their communication partners. Qualitative data related to barriers and facilitators were synthesized from 42 studies located using a systematic search. A diverse range of studies was examined in order to identify the span of barriers and facilitators reported in the literature. Read More

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September 2018
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Effect of AAC partner training using video on peers' interpretation of the behaviors of presymbolic middle-schoolers with multiple disabilities.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 19;34(4):301-310. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

b Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , Pennsylvania State University, University Park , PA , USA.

Children require consistent responses from partners to their presymbolic behaviors in order to increase the frequency and variety of these behaviors and eventually build symbolic language. This study served as an initial attempt to evaluate the effect of AAC training on typically-developing peers' interpretation of the behavior of three students with multiple disabilities whose communication was presymbolic and idiosyncratic in nature. The study used a pretest-posttest control group design with 12 peers in each condition (i. Read More

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December 2018
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Addendum.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 09 12;34(3):254. Epub 2018 Sep 12.

b University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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September 2018
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Early verbal categories and inflections in children who use speech-generating devices.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 09 12;34(3):194-205. Epub 2018 Sep 12.

b Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders , San Francisco State University , San Francisco , CA , USA.

The use of early verbal categories, their event types, and the emergence of verbal inflections (-ing, -s, and -ed) were analyzed in data from four participants with motor speech disorders aged 9;5-13;9 (years;months) who used speech-generating devices to converse with a familiar adult. The study was conducted through a secondary analysis of a corpus of data collected as part of another study. It documents the production of verbs and the emergence of verb inflections in natural conversations between each of the participants and a member of their educational team over a period of up to 10 months. Read More

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September 2018
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The effects of explicit instruction in academic vocabulary during shared book reading on the receptive vocabulary of children with complex communication needs.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 12 8;34(4):288-300. Epub 2018 Sep 8.

b The Pennsylvania State University, Communication Sciences and Disorders , University Park , PA , USA.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of explicit vocabulary instruction during shared reading experiences on the acquisition of receptive academic vocabulary for children with complex communication needs. A single-subject, multiple-probe design was used. Three preschool-aged children (i. Read More

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December 2018
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A boy and his AAC team: building instructional competence across team members.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 09 25;34(3):167-179. Epub 2018 Jul 25.

b Department of Special Education , University of Illinois, Champaign , IL , USA.

Families and education professionals face unique challenges when working together to support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for a child who does not use speech and has only prelinguistic forms of communication. For this study, a family-school team was provided with a specially designed support package comprising training and one-on-one coaching in evidence-based instructional strategies. As part of a larger mixed methods investigation, a single-case experimental design was conducted to explore the effectiveness of the support package on facilitating team members' competence in AAC instruction and communication. Read More

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September 2018
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Conversation-based intervention for adolescents using augmentative and alternative communication.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 09 25;34(3):180-193. Epub 2018 Jul 25.

b Research Department of Language and Cognition , University College London , London , UK.

This study evaluated the effects of a conversation-based intervention on the use of verbs, personal pronouns, bound morphemes and spontaneous clauses in adolescents with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Four teenage girls aged from 14 to 18 years participated in the study. After a baseline period, a conversation-based intervention was provided for each participant in the context of a personal collage-building activity. Read More

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September 2018
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A systematic review of Functional Communication Training (FCT) interventions involving augmentative and alternative communication in school settings.

Augment Altern Commun 2018 06;34(2):118-129

c Department of Special Education , Portland State University , Portland , OR , USA.

The purpose of this meta-analysis was to summarize single-case intervention studies in which Functional Communication Training (FCT) involving augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) was implemented in school settings. Overall, the findings suggest that FCT involving AAC was effective in reducing challenging behaviour and promoting aided or unaided AAC use among participants with disability. FCT was more effective for the participants who engaged in less severe forms of challenging behaviour prior to intervention. Read More

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June 2018
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