Improving the Design and Accessibility of AAC Systems

McCarthy, J.W., & Boster, J.B. (2017).  A comparison of the performance of 2.5 to 3.5-year-old children without disabilities using animated and cursor-based scanning in a contextual scene. Assistive Technology.

Boster, J.B., Benigno, J.P., & McCarthy, J.W. (2017).  New car, same principles: Using language development theories to drive the design of supportive augmentative and alternative communication system interfaces. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2, 40-54. https://doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.40.

Boster, J.B. & McCarthy, J.W. (2017). Designing augmentative and alternative communication applications: The results of focus groups with speech-language pathologists and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

Horwitz, L., McCarthy, J.W., Roth, M.A., & Marinellie, S.A.  (2014).  The effects of an animated exemplar/nonexemplar program to teach the relational concept “on” to children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays who require AAC. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 41, 83-95.

Strauss, J., McCarthy, J.W.  (2012). The effects of animated feedback on locating verbs in a dynamic contextual scene display on an augmentative and alternative communication device. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 39, 43-53.

McCarthy, J.W.  (2009). Grouping AAC symbols by color can influence the performance of children with and without Down syndrome. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 3(2), 96-101.

McCarthy, J., Light, J., McNaughton, D.  (2007). The Effects of Internet-Based Instruction on the Social Problem Solving of Young Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 23(2), 100-112.

McCarthy, J., Light, J., Drager, K., McNaughton, D., Grodzicki, L., Jones, J., Panek, E., Parkin, E.  (2006). Re-designing Scanning to Reduce Learning Demands: The Performance of Typically Developing 2-Year-Olds. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 22(4), 269-283.

Light, J., Drager, K., McCarthy, J., Mellott, S., Parrish, C., Parsons, A., Rhoads, S., Welliver, M.  (2004).  Performance of typically developing four- and five-year-old children with AAC systems using different language organization techniques. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20(2), 63-88.


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

Joint Attention

McCarthy, J.W., Broach, J.A., Benigno, J. P. (2016). Joint attention profiles for children with autism in interaction with augmentative and alternative communication systems. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 1(1), 67-74.

Benigno, J., & McCarthy, J.W.  (2012). Aided Symbol-Infused Joint Engagement. Child Development Perspectives, 6(2), 181-186.

Benigno, J. P., Bennett, J., McCarthy, J.W., & Smith, J.  (2011). Situational and Psychosocial Factors Mediating Coordinated Joint Attention with Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems with Beginning Communicators without Disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 27(2), 67-76.

Smith, J.L., McCarthy, J.W., & Benigno, J.  (2009). The effect of high-tech AAC system position on the joint attention of infants without disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 25(3), 165-175.

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