Videos With Integrated AAC Visual Scene Displays to Enhance Participation in Community and Vocational Activities: Pilot Case Study With an Adolescent With Autism Spectrum Disorder In order to maximize the positive outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication interventions, it is critical that interventions support the participation of individuals with complex communication needs within real-world interactions in their natural environments. A pilot case study was used to evaluate the effects of videos with integrated visual scene ... Article
Article  |   November 15, 2017
Videos With Integrated AAC Visual Scene Displays to Enhance Participation in Community and Vocational Activities: Pilot Case Study With an Adolescent With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tara O'Neill
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Janice Light
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • David McNaughton
    Department of Educational and School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: This project was supported, in part, by funding from the (a) Penn State AAC Leadership Project, a doctoral training grant funded by U.S. Department of Education grant #H325D110008 and (b) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC), funded by grant #90RE5017 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
    Financial: This project was supported, in part, by funding from the (a) Penn State AAC Leadership Project, a doctoral training grant funded by U.S. Department of Education grant #H325D110008 and (b) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC), funded by grant #90RE5017 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).×
  • Nonfinancial: The results of this investigation were previously presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.
    Nonfinancial: The results of this investigation were previously presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Autism Spectrum / Part 2
Article   |   November 15, 2017
Videos With Integrated AAC Visual Scene Displays to Enhance Participation in Community and Vocational Activities: Pilot Case Study With an Adolescent With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 55-69. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.55
History: Received April 5, 2017 , Revised August 4, 2017 , Accepted August 26, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 55-69. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.55
History: Received April 5, 2017; Revised August 4, 2017; Accepted August 26, 2017

In order to maximize the positive outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication interventions, it is critical that interventions support the participation of individuals with complex communication needs within real-world interactions in their natural environments. A pilot case study was used to evaluate the effects of videos with integrated visual scene displays (VSDs), displayed on a tablet-based application (app), on the percent of task steps completed independently within three community and vocational activities by an adolescent with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results indicated noticeable gains in independent task completion and communication across contexts while using the video VSD app after only a few intervention sessions. These results provide preliminary evidence that videos with integrated VSDs may serve as an effective means to maximize independent participation and communication for individuals with complex communication needs and ASD in real-world contexts. Ultimately, this assistive technology could reduce dependence on aides (e.g., job coaches, paraprofessionals) and create increased opportunities for employment and independent participation in meaningful community activities for individuals with complex communication needs.

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