Jamie Boster has completed a series of two focus groups with speech-language pathologists and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to explore design principles of augmentative and alternative communication applications for the iPad. A variety of example interfaces were created to highlight specific design characteristics and explore the idea of having both a communication and play mode within an AAC App. The results of this study were recently presented at the 2014 American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, Florida. Future projects include a survey of graduate speech-language pathology students regarding the use of social media as well as online resources for daily therapy activities, and a photography-based intervention program that aims to increase participation of children with complex communication needs in the classroom.
Christina Lynn Corso, M.S., CCC-SLP is a doctoral student in the department of Communication Science and Disorders at Ohio University. Her research interests include increasing independence through technology in adolescents and young adults who have severe and complex disabilities. She also is interested in conducting research that looks at AAC interfaces that support language development for adolescents and young adults who have severe and complex disabilities with complex communication needs.
Alyson Spitzley is a first-year graduate student in the joint MA-SLP/PhD program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University. Her research interests include supporting participation for users of AAC. She is also interested in psychosocial factors of communication, such as confidence and willingness to communicate, specifically as they relate to AAC.