What children on the autism spectrum have to ‘say’ about using high-tech voice output communication aids (VOCAs) in an educational setting

CHECKLEY, Rebecca, HODGE, Nick, CHANTLER, Susan, REIDY, Lisa and HOLMES, Katie (2010). What children on the autism spectrum have to ‘say’ about using high-tech voice output communication aids (VOCAs) in an educational setting. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 4 (1), 25-37.

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    Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/jat.2010.0042
    Link to published version:: 10.5042/jat.2010.0042

    Abstract

    This paper focuses on accessing the experiences of three boys who are on the autism spectrum to identify what using a voice output communication aid (VOCA), within a classroom setting, means to them. The methods used to identify the boys' perspectives are described and evaluated. Establishing these through direct methods of engagement proved problematic but working with parents and school staff as ‘expert guides’ provided a rich insight into what using a VOCA appeared to mean to the boys. The findings suggest that using a computer-based VOCA can be viewed by children with autism as a pleasurable and motivating activity. This technology also seems to offer the potential for a much broader developmental impact for these children than that currently recognised within the research literature.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
    Psychology Research Group
    Identification Number: 10.5042/jat.2010.0042
    Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 12:13
    Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 16:46
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6097

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