Author(s)

Kristin Skacel

Date Approved

8-18-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Selective mutism;Tablet computers

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine everyday assistive technology, such as an iPad(R) and the effect that it would have on the communication of a fifth grade student with Selective Mutism. The subject was introduced to the iPad(R) with the purpose of a verbal communication application creating success for the future. The application was used to increase nonverbal communication with peers, teachers, and school staff by way of sharing speech through the voice of the application. In the study it was also examined to see if the communication application could create a verbal opportunity for the subject to speak with trusted individuals. The results suggested that the iPad(R) application created success for nonverbal communication within the classroom, however due to time constraints, the application was not able to generalize into speech communication from the subject.

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