First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Natalie TewksbaryFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Stiltner and Dr. Gillespie

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Individuals who are nonverbal, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are unable to communicate their wants and needs without the use of assistive technology. For individuals who do not have a communication disorder, speaking is an integral part of life. However, when a person is unable to communicate through speech, they are faced with everyday challenges that impact relationships and inclusion. The relatively new development of AAC devices has allowed individuals with complex communication needs form relationships with their peers and engage in classroom activities. A variety of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) devices can be used to help individuals who are nonverbal communicate with their peers. AAC devices are not a one-type fits all, but rather there are a variety of devices that can be used to help individuals with communication disorders communicate their wants and needs. Without the use of AAC devices, it would be challenging for those with complex communication needs to communicate with their peers and participate in classroom activities

College and Major available

Communication Disorders

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN 300, Dr. Stiltner and Dr. Gillespie

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Natalie Tewksbary

Communication Disorders

Year of Graduation: 2022

Honors Student

Honorable mention, Best Visuals 2022 award.

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

The Impact of AAC Devices on Communication

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Individuals who are nonverbal, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are unable to communicate their wants and needs without the use of assistive technology. For individuals who do not have a communication disorder, speaking is an integral part of life. However, when a person is unable to communicate through speech, they are faced with everyday challenges that impact relationships and inclusion. The relatively new development of AAC devices has allowed individuals with complex communication needs form relationships with their peers and engage in classroom activities. A variety of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) devices can be used to help individuals who are nonverbal communicate with their peers. AAC devices are not a one-type fits all, but rather there are a variety of devices that can be used to help individuals with communication disorders communicate their wants and needs. Without the use of AAC devices, it would be challenging for those with complex communication needs to communicate with their peers and participate in classroom activities