Mobile technology featuring visual scene displays and just-in-time programming (Holyfield et al., 2019)

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Holyfield, C., Caron, J. G., Drager, K., & Light, J. (2019).  Effect of mobile technology featuring visual scene displays and just-in-time programming on communication turns by preadolescent and adolescent beginning communicators.
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 201-211.  doi: 10.1080/17549507.2018.1441440


Purpose: Visual scene displays (VSDs) and just-in-time programming supports are augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology features with theoretical benefits for beginning communicators of all ages. The goal of the current study was to evaluate the effects of a communication application (app) on mobile technology that supported the just-in-time programming of VSDs on the communication of preadolescents and adolescents who were beginning communicators.

Method: A single-subject multiple-baseline across participant design was employed to evaluate the effect of the AAC app with VSDs programmed just-in-time by the researcher on the communication turns expressed by five preadolescents and adolescents (9–18 years old) who were beginning communicators.

Result: All five participants demonstrated marked increases in the frequency of their communication turns after the onset of intervention.

Conclusion: Just-in-time programming support and VSDs are two features that may positively impact communication for beginning communicators in preadolescence and adolescence. Apps with these features allow partners to quickly and easily capture photos of meaningful and motivating events and provide them immediately as VSDs with relevant vocabulary to support communication in response to beginning communicators’ interests.

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