Qualitative analysis of decision making by speech-language pathologists in the design of aided visual displays

Emily McFadd, Krista Wilkinson

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Abstract

For children with complex communication needs, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices offer a functional way to communicate thoughts and feelings. Despite many significant advances in the field, effective and efficient aided communication can remain a challenge for some clients and their partners. One critical element of aided AAC intervention is systematic attention to the design of the communication display itself. A well-designed display will foster communication outcomes; a poorly designed one might have the opposite effect. Surprisingly, to our knowledge there are no studies of the strategies that clinicians actually employ when putting together a display. In this research note, we examine, on a case-by-case basis, the strategies six clinicians used when constructing display pages, as a means of highlighting potential areas that might warrant systematic research on display design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-147
Number of pages12
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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