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The use of augmentative and alternative communication apps for the iPad, iPod and iPhone: an overview of recent developments

Jill Bradshaw (Based at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 11 January 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the communication applications (apps) that can be used with devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone to support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Design/methodology/approach

A brief discussion of the research into the use of high‐technology communication aids is followed by an introduction to the iPad, iPod and iPhone AAC apps.

Findings

These devices and apps clearly have a role within the spectrum of AAC devices currently available. They may have some distinct advantages in cost, ease of use and acceptability but more research into their use is needed.

Originality/value

This article starts with a model of communicative competence and presents some recent research into barriers in the use of high‐technology AAC. It suggests some ways in which AAC apps may address some of the barriers to implementation and functional use. Finally, the need for individual assessment to determine specific communication needs is stressed. These devices and apps may not always be the best solution for people with complex communication needs.

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Citation

Bradshaw, J. (2013), "The use of augmentative and alternative communication apps for the iPad, iPod and iPhone: an overview of recent developments", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 31-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595471311295996

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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