Effects of Video VSDs on Communication during Play (Laubscher et al., 2018)

Laubscher, E., Light, J. & McNaughton, D. (2018, July).  Effects of video AAC technology on communication during play. Poster presented at the State of the Science Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC), Arlington, Va. 

Laubscher et al. (2018) Poster

  • Pretend play is an important context for learning social communication skills during childhood (Schuler & Wolfberg, 2000); however, many children with ASD are at risk for exclusion from play due to difficulty with both communication and play skills (Boudreau & Harvey, 2013).
  • Many play-based interventions have been developed for children with ASD (e.g., Wolfberg, DeWitt, Young & Nguyen, 2015) but most do not provide an alternate means of expression for individuals with limited speech.
  • Video VSDs may offer a platform that provides simultaneous support for both play skills (through video modeling) and communication (Light, McNaughton & Jakobs, 2014) for children with ASD.
  • This study investigated the effects of video VSDs on the communication of a child with ASD and limited speech during pretend play with a typically developing peer.

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