Author(s)

Deborah Leonard

Date Approved

7-8-2013

Embargo Period

12-21-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Autism spectrum disorders; Tablet computers

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of using the Apple iPad to assist students with low functioning autism in learning communication skills. Three non-verbal students identified as having autism and being low-functioning participated in the study. A multiple baseline design with AB phases across academic and social settings was used. During the baseline, students were given access to an iPad with the SonoFlex voice output communication aid (VOCA) application. Some of the students played games on the iPad, but none of them attempted to us it for communication purposes. During the intervention, students were taught to use the iPad to communicate with their teacher and peers. With a least-to-most prompting hierarchy, all students increased initiating requests, responding to questions and making social comments.

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