Caron, J., Holyfield, C., Light, J., & McNaughton, D. (2018). “What Have You Been Doing?”: Supporting displaced talk through augmentative and alternative communication video visual scene display technology. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 3, 123-135.
Purpose: Displaced talk, or talk about past or future events, is a common form of interaction for social closeness. Some school-age children with autism spectrum disorder are restricted in their use of displaced talk and, in turn, are restricted in their participation in social interaction. The purpose of the study was to preliminarily explore the use of an augmentative and alternative communication app with video embedded with visual scene displays (VSDs) to support participation in displaced talk surrounding the common question, “What have you been doing?”
Method: The study utilized an AB single-case design.
Results: The preliminary nature of the study did not allow for a conclusive causal finding, but the findings provided initial insight into the potential utility of the video VSD technology to support participation in displaced talk for an individual with autism spectrum disorder. At baseline, the participant seldom engaged in the communicative interactions; once the video VSD technology was introduced during intervention, he took significantly more communication turns and was more engaged during the sharing interactions.
Conclusions: More research is warranted to rigorously explore the efficacy of augmentative and alternative communication technology featuring videos with embedded VSDs as a communication support. The technology shows promise as a support for social interaction, particularly interaction involving displaced talk about past experiences.
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