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Parents’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Children’s Communication Skills Using a Tablet with Communication App

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Aim:
Ongoing research is needed to determine how children with complex communication impairments are using the iPad/Android device in their daily environments. This project examined children’s parents’ and primary speech language pathologists’ perceptions of children’s communication skills in three environments: home, preschool/school and community. Questions of inquiry included;

1. Do parents and speech-language pathologists perceive a change in the communication skills (7 communication functions; initiation; and motivation) used by their child?

2. Do parents and speech-language pathologists perceive a change in the range of settings (home, school, community) in which their child communicates using the (iOS/Android) device?

3. What differences, if any, exist between parent and speech-language pathologist perceptions?

4. What are the strengths and weaknesses of iOS/Android-based communication applications as perceived by parents and speech-language pathologists?

Method:
Sampling method: convenience sample
Type of research design: within subjects, repeated measures design
A survey (oral or via email) is administered (to parents and to the speech-language pathologist) at the time the child receives their communication App on their iOS/Android device (Time 01) and then re-administered 6 months (Time 02) and 12 months (Time 03) later. Statistical analysis ongoing - see long abstract.
Results & Conclusions:
Data collection continues until May 2016. Results thus far indicate perceived changes by parents and SLPs in all three environments (home, school, community); correlations between communication functions and increased time; perceived changes differ with respect to diagnosis, age, and between parents and speech language pathologists.

Author(s):

Karen Derry    
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
Canada

Kathie Marina    
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
Canada

Cassandra Savage    
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
Canada

 

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