Grid-based AAC Apps to Support Literacy (Curtin et al, 2018)




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. 

Curtin et al (2018) Poster



  • 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.

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