Curtin, E., Caron, J., Light, J., McNaughton, D. (2018, March). Grid-based AAC apps to support literacy: Case study with ASD. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) Convention in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Due to intrinsic and extrinsic challenges, many individuals with CCN and ASD are unable to read or write at grade level (Koppenhaver & Yoder, 1993; Foley & Wolter, 2010) and these reading deficits then persist through adolescence into adulthood.
- Although literacy instruction (including sight word instruction) is imperative, improved features within AAC technologies could also be used to complement instruction and infuse literacy learning into daily communication.
- There is an urgent need to better understand how design features in AAC systems can support improved literacy outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.