Transferring AAC Intervention to the HomeBy Sigafoos, J.; O'Reilly, M.F.; Seely-York, S.; Weru, J.; Son, S.H.; Green, V.A.; Lancioni, G.E.; Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 26, No. 21, pp. 1330-1334
Publication Date: November 2004
Study conducted to evaluate the acquisition of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) skills during an initial clinical trial, and to assess the transfer of the intervention to a home setting. A 12-year-old boy with autism participated in the study, as he first received training in the use of the TalkTrac Wearable Communicator from AbleNet, Incorporated. TalkTrac is a voice output communication aid that resembles a large wristwatch with four panels that measure 1.5 by 2 centimeters. Each panel features black and white drawings selected from Boardmaker, which represent food, drink, music, and drawing. Each drawing has a corresponding single-word message; for example, when the panel designated for “food” is pressed, a recorded message that says “food” is activated. After the participant was taught to use the device to ask for objects in the clinical trail, the intervention was transferred to his home. Regular status reports were completed with the participant’s parent via e-mail and telephone, while videotapes were recorded of the initial home-based sessions to evaluate the participant’s progress. The authors contend that the intervention was successful, as the participant was able to continue learning to use the device in his home after the initial clinical trials with support from his parent and the intervention team. This study has implications for the development of a method for initial AAC interventions in both clinical and home settings.
Assistive Products Discussed: TALKTRAC PLUS WEARABLE COMMUNICATOR
TALKTRAC PLUS WITH LEVELS WEARABLE COMMUNICATOR
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