ERIC Number: EJ1040185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Comparing the Picture Exchange Communication System and the iPad™ for Communication of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay
Hill, Doris Adams; Flores, Margaret M.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v58 n3 p45-53 May 2014
Both picture exchange, a low-tech picturebased communication system, and technologybased interventions, such as the iPad™ with communication application, are emerging treatments for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Autism Center (2009). Recently, investigations regarding the use of the Apple iPad™ to communicate have been conducted with mixed results. The authors used a single-subject alternating treatment design during an extended school year (ESY) program for students with disabilities to compare the independent use and effectiveness of the two approaches (low-tech picture-based versus iPad™ equivalent) for three pre-school and two elementary students with ASD and developmental delay (DD). The authors concluded that teaching low-tech picture exchange prior to introducing the iPad™ may be effective progression in teaching communication reciprocity skills for some students with ASD/DD. Limitations and strengths of both technologies are discussed.
Descriptors: Pictorial Stimuli, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Handheld Devices, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Developmental Delays, Communication Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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