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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lit Review: AAC in Dev. Disabilities

AU: van der Meer, Larah; Sigafoos, Jeff; O’Reilly, Mark F.; Lancioni, Giulio E. 
SO: Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol 32(5), Sep-Oct, 2011. pp. 1422-1431.

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The October 11, ASHA Leader offers a synopsis of findings from the attached Review of Literature (link to Leader):

     "In the studies, individuals were taught to use speech-generating devices (SGDs), picture exchange (PE) systems, and/or manual signs. Sixty-seven percent of participants demonstrated some degree (≥55%) of preference for using SGDs; 33% demonstrated some degree (≥55%) of preference for PE. The results indicate that individuals with developmental disabilities may show a preference for different AAC options, and that incorporating these preferences may enable individuals to exert self-determination with respect to AAC intervention."

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