Using dynamic text to promote sight word learning in individuals with ASD (Caron et al., 2018)

Caron, J., Light, J., Holyfield, C., & McNaughton, D. (2018). Effects of dynamic text and speech output in an AAC app with graphic symbols on single-word reading of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs. 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.

Caron et al. (2018) Poster

  • Although literacy instruction is imperative for individuals with ASD and CCN, improved features within AAC technologies could also be used to complement instruction and infuse literacy learning into daily communication.
  • Current grid-based AAC systems commonly use paired text and graphic symbols to represent concepts, however, previous research shows that this static pairing does not promote word learning.
  • This study investigated the effects of pairing dynamic text with speech output upon selection of a graphic symbol (i.e., Transition to Literacy “T2L” feature) on the acquisition of sight words for individuals with ASD.

For a list of all poster presentations at the RERC on AAC State of the Science Conference, click here.

For other T2L studies presented at the conference, click here (Holyfield et al.) and here (Mandak et al.).

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