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By Brittany Mahoney, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Advisor: Sandra Grether
Presentation ID: AM_C09
Abstract: Despite early identification and intervention, many children who are deaf or hard of hearing demonstrate significant gaps in language development which can directly impact social interactions. The aim of this pilot study was to integrate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) core word language strategies into a speech-language therapy program to enhance spoken language development in young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. According to analyzed language samples, children had a significant increase in their development of grammar and language. The children exposed to AAC intervention displayed increase usage of questions, bound morphemes, conjunctions, and negatives. Results of this study indicate that using AAC core word language strategies delivered via iPad technology supports continued and rapid spoken language skill growth among young elementary school-age children who are deaf or hard of hearing. By leveraging AAC technology, we are pioneering a structured and dynamic approach to language learning, building an effective foundation for concepts and grammar for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.