Evaluation of the iPad in the acquisition of requesting skills for children with autism spectrum disorder

Melissa L. King, Kazu Takeguchi, Shaina E. Barry, Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Valerie E. Boyer, Therese L. Mathews

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Abstract

The iPad® with the Proloquo2Go™ application is designed to function as a speech-generating device (SGD). This study evaluates whether children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can acquire requesting skills using the iPad® with the Proloquo2Go™ application. Participants included three children with ASD between the ages of three and five. A multiple probe design across participants was used. Intervention phases were adapted and modified from the picture exchange communication system (PECS) (Bondy & Frost, 1994; Frost & Bondy, 2002). Results of this study support that children diagnosed with ASD can acquire skills needed to request preferred items using the iPad® with the Proloquo2Go™ application with training of a picture-based communication system. In addition, vocal requesting increased for the participants during the training phases in comparison to baseline probes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1120
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Picture-based communication system
  • Requesting skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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