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A Comparison of Communication Using the Apple iPad and a Picture-based System

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TitleA Comparison of Communication Using the Apple iPad and a Picture-based System
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractAugmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions have been shown to improve both communication and social skills in children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. AAC applications have become available for personal devices such as cell phones, MP3 Players, and personal computer tablets. It is critical that these new forms of AAC are explored and evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of the Apple iPad™ as a communication device by comparing its use to a communication system using picture cards. Five elementary students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities who used a picture card system participated in the study. The results were mixed; communication behaviours either increased when using the iPad or remained the same as when using picture cards. The implications of these findings are discussed.
AuthorsFlores, M., Musgrove K., Renner S., Hinton V., Strozier S., Franklin S., and Hil D.
Year of Publication2012
Volume28
Issue2
Pages74-84
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2011.644579
Keywords (MeSH)child, child development disorders, communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, computers-handheld, nonverbal communication