Effects of AAC Technologies With “Just in Time” Programming — Presentation

Light, J., Drager, K., Currall, J. (November 17, 2012).  Effects of AAC Technologies With “Just in Time” Programming.  Presentation at ASHA in Atlanta, GA.  [Handout]

Acknowledgments also to: Caitlin Brown, Kelly Chew, Megan Dooris, Sarah Guthrie, Evin Harbitter, Lauren Herc, Lisa Mellman, Paige Moyer, Nimisha Muttiah, Gina Pecile, Katherine Riley, Vanessa Smith, Carly Staffin and Laura Wummer

There is an urgent need for specialized computers to enhance communication for young children with complex communication needs (CCN), including children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. Available computer systems for communication have multiple technical constraints related to programming displays and adding new vocabulary which limit children’s language and communication development. Without appropriate communication systems, children with CCN miss valuable opportunities for language, vocabulary, and social learning during their early years.


AAC technologies with “just in time” (JIT) programming allow partners to quickly add new contexts and vocabulary to AAC systems during interactions.  This session will present the results of research that investigated the effects of JIT systems compared to traditional AAC systems on the communication of preschoolers with CCN.

Learner Outcomes:

Learner Outcome 1: Describe major elements of the study design

Learner Outcome 2: Discuss the authors conclusions

Learner Outcome 3: Identify possible implications for practice

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