Speech-Generating Devices Used at Home by Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (short summary)

Difficulties with language and communication are a feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and many people who have ASD might benefit from the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) either permanently or in the short-term. The development of technology and a range of speech generating devices (SGDs) can be effective for some people with ASD who have limited or no functional speech.

This study looked at the use of speech generating devices (SGDs) at home and with children who had some functional speech.

It considered three elements:

The findings of the report indicate that the effects of introducing SGDs to three young boys who had ASD and their families were variable across a number of different communicative behaviours but concluded that the use of SGDs can be beneficial for children with ASD who have some functional speech, supporting them to communicate more effectively at home. The authors also make it clear that further research into this area is needed.


Things you may want to look into:

Effects of synthetic speech output on requesting and natural speech production in children with autism: A preliminary study

Comparing Acquisition, Generalization, Maintenance, and Preference Across Three AAC Options in Four Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Enhancing the Alternative and Augmentative Communication Use of a Child with Autism through a Parent-implemented Naturalistic Intervention

Added to site June 2016