Date of Award

12-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Jennifer Corie, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Abstract

Current research discusses the communicative limitations of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study examined the influence of communicative devices on improving an individual with ASD’s functional communicative abilities. This study incorporated a qualitative research methodology, which included a modified ethnographic interview and several hours of clinical observation. This data was then cyclically reviewed for patterns. By incorporating various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices into therapy and daily life, the participant was able to produce longer utterances and clarify his communicative intent and messages. This research adds to the literature by describing the importance of AAC systems in enhancing the functional communication of individuals with ASD.

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