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AAC and social interaction (short summary)

AAC
 
and
social
interaction

This study compared the use of a picture exchange system and a speech-generating device for a fifteen-year-old boy with autism and Down syndrome. The authors were interested in finding out whether teaching an AAC system could improve social interaction. Trevor, the boy in this study, successfully learned how to use both types of AAC systems to request his favourite snacks in response to prompts from a communication partner. Trevor did not clearly prefer one type of AAC over the other, and he remained socially withdrawn during these interactions. Increasing the physical distance between Trevor and his partner was successful in decreasing the time Trevor spent in social withdrawal, though it is likely that this reflected Trevor's response to the new circumstances of the task rather than in increased interest in social interaction.


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