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It Is What It Is: Visualising the development of AAC skills

Sponsored Research
  • Paul Andres (Prentke Romich Deutschland)
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Sponsored by Prentke Romich Deutschland

Data visualization has become almost universal in our everyday lives. It places complex information in an accessible context and make it possible for the viewer to digest the data and to identify areas for closer investigation. Many AAC devices provide an 'automatic data log' (ADL) as a text file. The aim of our project was to present this often 'indigestible' data in an immediate, useful and productive format to inform decision-making in AAC.


Working with AAC teams worldwide, we sought out aspects of the ADL which could be extracted and interpreted automatically and then visualized to make them quickly accessible to people who use AAC, their families and professional support staff.


A simple website was developed to allow teachers and clinicians to explore the visualized data and to inform decision-making. This form of data-presentation can reveal hitherto unseen aspects of AAC use.


The response of people using AAC, their families and therapists was universally positive. The approach often is effective not only in adjusting intervention goals but in making existing goals clear to all involved. This session will share some of the results of the process and discuss ways in which the techniques of data visualization can change the quality of AAC intervention.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Further/Higher Ed.