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a voice output communication aid (VOCA) is a device whose main function is to use output speech as a means of communication - described more fully on the Communication Matters website http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/glossary-term/voice-output-communication-aid

Native voice, self-concept and the moral case for personalized voice technology (summary)

 
Native
voice,
self-concept
 
and
 
the
moral
 
case
 
for
 
personalized
voice
technology

AAC devices currently in common use have a limited number of different voices available and these are not natural sounding of easily able to express emotions; this can be a reason for some people who might benefit choosing not to use them.

This paper considers the importance of voice and the impact of its loss on people with acquired communication difficulties such as Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), stroke etc.

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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (summary)

Speech and Language Therapists
views
 
on
 
mentoring
 
by
people
 
who
use
VOCAs

Background

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. An earlier study (Ballin et al 2010) indicated that adults who used SGDs supported the idea of the use of mentors.

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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (summary)

Background

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. An earlier study (Ballin et al 2010) indicated that adults who used SGDs supported the idea of the use of mentors.

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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (short summary)

Speech and language therapists
views
 
on
 
mentoring
 
by
people
 
who
use
VOCAs

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. Mentors might be able to help overcome some of the challenges to learning to use an SGD such as; the lack of speech and language pathologist (SLP) service provision, the amount of practise needed, lack of SLPs with specialist augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) knowledge and experience etc.

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Teaching Early Numeracy Skills Using Single Switch Voice-Output Devices to Students with Severe Multiple Disabilities (summary)

Teaching
 
early
numeracy
 
using
 
single
switch
VOCAs
 
to
students
 
with
 
severe
 
multiple
disabilities

Background

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Teaching Early Numeracy Skills Using Single Switch Voice-Output Devices to Students with Severe Multiple Disabilities (short summary)

Teaching
 
early
numeracy
 
using
 
single
switch
VOCAs
 
to
students
 
with
 
severe
 
multiple
disabilities

The authors of this paper investigated the ‘effect of a systematic instructional package with individualized adaptations on the acquisition of numeracy skills’ on students with multiple disabilities. The research involved three children with severe multiple disabilities and complex communication needs (CCN) who attended a special school.

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Happy and excited: Perceptions of using digital technology and social media by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication (summary)

Young
people's
use
of
technology
 
and
social
media

Background

Digital Technology (DT) and online social media (OSM) are now an important part of life for adolescents and young adults. The UK government believes that the use of these can increase opportunities for social inclusion.

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Happy and excited: Perceptions of using digital technology and social media by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication (short summary)

Young
people's
use
of
technology
 
and
social
media

The authors used semi-structured interviews to investigate how adolescents and young adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) feel about the use of digital technology (DT) and online social media (OSM).

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