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AAC is Too Difficult! Developing New Ways to Engage New Users

Session 
8.1b
SRP
  • Dougal Hawes (Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd)
Funding / Sponsorship: 
Project was funded by Smartbox Assistive Technology.
Summary

In the age of iPads and Angry Birds, motivating children to use a high-tech AAC device is more difficult than ever. In response to this problem, we have developed new resources and strategies that have been designed to allow users to experience using a device or computer in a fun and motivating way. Attention has been focused on a wide range of activities that can help to develop the skills required to use eye-gaze and touch access effectively for leisure, or to apply this to AAC. We want to share our significant success stories from users across the UK.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Over a twelve month period, a team of seven people used and developed resources alongside hundreds of children being introduced to AAC for the first time.

Results/Findings

By putting fun at the heart of a young person's AAC system, the motivation to communicate and the accuracy of access increases dramatically.

Conclusions

Associating high-tech AAC devices with fun, no-fail activities improves the chances of long term success.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
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