The use of augmentative and alternative communication apps for the iPad, iPod and iPhone: an overview of recent developments

Bradshaw, Jill (2013) The use of augmentative and alternative communication apps for the iPad, iPod and iPhone: an overview of recent developments. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 18 (1). pp. 31-37. ISSN 1359-5474. (doi:10.1108/13595471311295996)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the communication applications (apps) that can be used with devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone to support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Design/methodology/approach – A brief discussion of the research into the use of high-technology communication aids is followed by an introduction to the iPad, iPod and iPhone AAC apps. Findings – These devices and apps clearly have a role within the spectrum of AAC devices currently available. They may have some distinct advantages in cost, ease of use and acceptability but more research into their use is needed. Originality/value – This article starts with a model of communicative competence and presents some recent research into barriers in the use of high-technology AAC. It suggests some ways in which AAC apps may address some of the barriers to implementation and functional use. Finally, the need for individual assessment to determine specific communication needs is stressed. These devices and apps may not always be the best solution for people with complex communication needs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/13595471311295996
Uncontrolled keywords: Apps, Augmentative and alternative communication, Communication, High-technology, Individual assessment, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile communication systems, Mobile technology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 12:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33133 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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