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ERIC Number: EJ838042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Speech-Generating Devices Used at Home by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Assessment
Thunberg, Gunilla; Sandberg, Annika Dahlgren; Ahlsen, Elisabeth
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v24 n2 p104-114 2009
Three children diagnosed within the autism spectrum between the ages of 5 and 7 years at different stages of communication development were supplied with speech-generating devices (SGDs) in their homes. The parents were taught to introduce the SGDs into home routines and the effects were evaluated naturalistically. Videotapes recorded by the parents before and during SGD use were coded with respect to communication effectiveness, mode, role in turn taking, and engagement in activity. Findings varied among the children and activities, but an increased level of communication effectiveness was seen during SGD use for all children. Variations of outcome among the three children and factors of importance for effective SGD use in the homes of children with autism spectrum disorders are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden