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Supporting self-determination in AAC interventions by assessing preference for communicaton devices


Sigafoos, J and O'Reilly, M and Ganz, J and Lancioni, G and Schlosser, R, Supporting self-determination in AAC interventions by assessing preference for communicaton devices, Technology and Disability, 17 pp. 143-153. ISSN 1055-4181 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3233/tad-2005-17302


Self-determination applied to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions suggests the need to assess students' preferences for various communication devices. We describe a potentially promising methodology for enabling students to indicate preference for communication devices. Implementation of this methodology is illustrated in two controlled demonstrations. In the first demonstration, two adolescents with developmental disabilities were taught to use each of three voice-output communication aids (VOCAs) to request snacks. Following acquisition, all three VOCAs were simultaneously available across repeated opportunities and the student could select which one of the three devices to use. Both students demonstrated a consistent preference for one of the VOCAs. In the second demonstration, these same two students were provided with a choice between their preferred VOCA and a communication board containing line drawings. Both students demonstrated a preference for the VOCA over the communication board. These cases illustrate a potentially useful methodology that might enable non-speaking students with developmental disabilities to participate in communication device selection. © 2005 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:39257
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-04-06
Last Modified:2011-11-28

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