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ERIC Number: EJ1109798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Effects of iPod Touch™ Technology as Communication Devices on Peer Social Interactions across Environments
Mancil, G. Richmond; Lorah, Elizabeth R.; Whitby, Peggy Schaefer
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v51 n3 p252-264 Sep 2016
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the use of the iPod Touch™ as a Speech Generated Device (SGD) for Functional Communication Training (FCT). The evaluation of the effects on problem behavior, the effects on generalization and maintenance of the acquired communication repertoire, and the social initiations of peers between the new SGD (iPod Touch™) and traditional devices were conducted. The study demonstrated that the iPod Touch™ produces higher levels of peer interactions when compared to the Dynavox. These effects maintained and generalized for all three participants. Additionally, the use of the iPod Touch™ as a SGD is effective for the use of FCT. Finally, the study offered support for the social validity of the use of the iPod Touch™ and application GoTalk as a SGD, as all teachers and student participants demonstrated preference for the device when compared to the Dynavox as a SGD.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Mullen Scales of Early Learning
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