Improving the Design and Accessibility of AAC Systems
Here is a prezi on potential uses of animation in AAC design based on projects that have been done in my lab
Many children with complex communication needs also have concomitant physical disabilities. These individuals may not be able to interact with a computer-based system with their hands. In a visual interface, scanning is a selection method where items in a display are highlighted and individuals who have one volitional movement activate an external device to select an item they see highlighted.
Young children with severe physical impairments have difficulty understanding current methods of scanning.
McCarthy et al., (2006) found that when children are presented with an object that zooms out towards them during a scanning sequence, they were more likely to learn the requirements of the interface with minimal instruction.
An additional challenge is added when individuals also have visual impairments. When the visual medium cannot be used, items are not highlighted visually, but are announced audibly. Improvements in technology now allow for a variety of animated graphics and sound cues to play within aided AAC displays.
Scanning within visual scenes using a variety of animated and auditory cues is a current focus of research in the lab.
(2015) Design Principles of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Apps: The Results of Two Focus Groups by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Jamie Boster, B.S.
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(2014)Increasing Children’s Interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication apps for iPad by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Caroline Snyder
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Teaching Graphic Symbols to Children with Complex Communication Needs Through Video and Play by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Andrea E. Huist
To view materials related to this research, please click Teaching Graphic Symbols to Children with Complex Communication Needs Through Video and Play. Also check out the videos this research used to teach graphic symbols below
(2010) The Use of Animated Feedback in Visual Scene AAC Displays by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Jacquelyn Strauss, B.S.
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Considering Stakeholder Perspectives to Launch AAC Innovations
(2015) Can we, Should we, and how: Considering stakeholder perspectives to launch aac interfaces by Jamie Boster, M.A., John W. McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and David J Hajjar, M.A., CCC-SLP
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(2013) Visual Representation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Joann P. Benigno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Abigail Adams, B.S., Mackenzie Snyder, B.S., and Jamie Cooley M.S., CCC-SLP
To view this presentation, click here Visual Representation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders