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The improving Communication Skills through iPad with AAC Intervention for a Student with Down Syndrome

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The improving Communication Skills through iPad with AAC Intervention for a Student with Down Syndrome
Abstract
The main purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of functional vocabulary through iPad with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) intervention plan for an elementary school student with Down syndrome. With the technology innovation, the communicative aids become more accessible and more affordable for individual with severe communication disorders. Especially, the iPad tablet not only becomes the most popular educational favorite tool, but also becomes favorite communication aid. In this study, the changing criterion design of the single case study was used as research method. The independent variable was the AAC teaching plan, which included functional vocabulary teaching, sentence structure training, and the generalization to classroom activity. The dependent variables were the immediate and maintain learning effects as well as the generalization effects. The researchers collected all of the phases’ data, and then, used the visual analysis to analyze the learning effectiveness. In addition, the relevant personnel was interviews by the researcher in order to obtain social validity.
The finding of the study results were as follows:
1. When used AAC intervention plan for an elementary school student with Down syndrome, AAC could improve his functional vocabulary learning and sentence structure in all experimental phases.
2. When used AAC intervention plan for an elementary school student with Down syndrome, AAC had the functional vocabulary and sentence structure learning effects toward into general settings.

Keywords: Children with Down syndrome, AAC, functional vocabulary, iPad

Author(s):

Chih-Kang Yang    
National Dong Hwa University
Taiwan, Province Of China

Zhou Dan-Ya    
National Dong Hwa University
Taiwan, Province Of China

Li-Chuan Chung    
National Dong Hwa University
Taiwan, Province Of China

 

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