Promoting the Acquisition and Generalization of Conversational Skills through a Speech-Generating Device by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Brittany Oestreicher Jordan Fisher Carla Schmidt


By Brittany Oestreicher, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Jordan Fisher, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Advisor: Carla Schmidt

Presentation ID: AM_D34

Abstract: Communication is a vital component of becoming a contributing and dignified member of society. Research suggests that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience various challenges in the area of communication related to executive function, working memory, vocabulary recognition and social cognition. Providing direct instruction on the use of a speech generating device is one technique to address communication challenges faced by individuals with ASD. The purpose of the current research is to determine the effectiveness of using a speech generating device with individuals on the ASD to increase social communication skills with a specific focus on device fluency and generalization.

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