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Evaluating the iPad Mini® as a Speech-Generating Device in the Acquisition of a Discriminative Mand Repertoire for Young Children With Autism

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TitleEvaluating the iPad Mini® as a Speech-Generating Device in the Acquisition of a Discriminative Mand Repertoire for Young Children With Autism
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThere has been an increased interest in research evaluating the use of handheld computing technology as speech-generating devices (SGD) for children with autism. However, given the reliance on single-subject research methodology, replications of these investigations are necessary. This study presents a replication with variation, of a method for the acquisition of picture-symbol discrimination during mand training, while using the iPad® and application Proloquo2Go™ as an SGD in young children with autism. In a four-phased training procedure, three children with a diagnosis of autism acquired the ability to mand and discriminate between four picture-symbols on the screen of the device, while using the iPad Mini® as an SGD. In addition, for all three participants, the acquired repertoires maintained following the discontinuation of training. These results provide continued support for the use of handheld computing devices as SGD for children with autism.
AuthorsLorah, E. R.
Year of Publication2016
Volumeon line
ISSN1088-3576 (print) 1538-4829 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1088357616673624
Keywords (MeSH)autistic disorder, child, communication aids for disabled, computers-handheld, technology
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