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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication

Handheld Computers as Communication Aids
Pei-Lin Weng and Leah Tillery
February 20, 2006

   1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
   2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
   3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
   4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
   5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
   6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
I. Introduction/Definition: Handheld Computers & AAC

II. Possibilities of Handheld Computers as AAC
A. Supportive Software
B. Customized accessories

III. Population
A. Special Characteristics of this population
a. Physical Limitations
b. Cognitive Characteristics
B. Typical Etiologies
a. Varying Etiologies
1. Cerebral palsy
2. Autism
3. Aphasia
4. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
IV. Case studies / Research articles

V. Comparison with other AAC devices
A. Advantages
1. Price
2. Mobility
3. Memory capacity
4. Accessories
B. Disadvantages
1. Price
2. Size
3. Age
4. Vocabulary/ Literacy
5. Physical/cognitive limitations

VI. Conclusion
Recommendations for clinical practice

Artificial Language Lab, MSU

ASHA (2002.) Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Knowledge and Skills for Service Delivery.
ASHA Desk Reference(3), 419-428.

Davies, R., Marcella, S., McGrenere, J., & Purves, B. (2004).
The Ethnographically Informed Participatory Design of a PDA Application to Support Communication.

Carmien, S. ( 2002). MAPS: PDA scaffolding for independence for persons with cognitive impairments.

ASHA. (n.d.). Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

AAC Institute:
The International Society for AAC :
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement: