Light, J. (January, 2012). Designing Effective AAC Technologies for Beginning Communicators. On-line presentation with the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) as part of their AT Research Conversations. [Webinar]
To date, there are few guidelines to support clinicians and manufacturers in the design of effective AAC systems for beginning communicators. When AAC systems are well designed, they may enhance communication and language outcomes for beginning communicators with complex communication needs. However, poorly-designed AAC systems may potentially interfere with language learning and communication effectiveness. This session includes discussion of guidelines for the design of effective AAC technologies for beginning communicators with complex communication needs, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome) as well as older individuals with significant cognitive impairments.
Specifically the session includes discussion of a wide range of research studies that address the subject of the design of AAC technologies for beginning communicators. Each study will be presented briefly with a focus on their results and their implications for the design of more effective AAC technologies for beginning communicators. Examples will be used to illustrate key points.