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ERIC Number: EJ865596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
Interaction and Use of Speech-Generating Devices in the Homes of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders--An Analysis of Conversational Topics
Thunberg, Gunilla; Ahlsen, Elisabeth; Sandberg, Annika Dahlgren
Journal of Special Education Technology, v24 n2 p1-16 2009
This project investigated the communication of four children with autism spectrum disorders, who used a speech-generating device (SGD) in one or two selected activities in their home environment. The children were between five and seven years of age. The conversational topics introduced by the children and their parents were analyzed. The introduction of the SGD increased conversational interaction, as measured by topic length, for all children in five of the six activities studied. The analysis of topics showed that conversation within the "ongoing activity" increased and that the irrelevant speech used by the two more verbal children was reduced with access to the SGD.
Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Available from: Boyd Printing Company, Inc. University of Oklahoma, College of Education, 820 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73072. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden