The presentation will examine the empirical evidence to date for speech generating devices (SGD) with respect to implementation and communication outcomes specifically for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Due to the dearth of empirical evidence to support communication programming for this population, the presenters will discuss a behavior analytic framework that can be used for assessment, goal setting, and implementation. Numerous videos will be presented of learners with various skill sets and with different levels of communication. The presenters will discuss the literature specific to SGD users to include experimental design, ages, participant characteristics, implementation/teaching, verbal operants, and theories of language development. There will be a discussion of assessment of learner skill repertoire, matching SGD with learner skill sets, individual goal setting, SGD and language acquisition programming, effect on learner communication and outcome measurements. Lastly, the presenters will discuss the need for further behavior analytic research in the area of Augmentative Alternative Communication, specifically in the area of speech generating devices for individuals with ASD.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania