Advances in technology have had a tremendous impact on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This impact ranges from improved systems to support communication to applications that address skills acquisition. Today’s technology has gone far beyond the traditional assistive devices and systems previously made available to this population. At a much lower price point, these alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems are also more accessible to a much larger market of individuals. Technology can be used to increase an individual’s level of independence at home, school, and work. This presentation will begin with a review of the most effective new AAC systems that have been developed. It will describe the process of choosing the most effective system for successful communication and demonstrate the usage of various devices/applications. Promoting AAC usage in the classroom, home, and community and the role of the speech-language pathologist with respect to obtaining and repairing devices will also be discussed.
Julia Reitano MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Teacher, Eden II Programs, and Ashley D’Agosto MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Teacher, Eden II Programs