|The Acquisition of Verbal Behavior Using Handheld Speech Generating Devices: A Training Protocol|
|Tuesday, May 31, 2016|
|2:00 PM–3:50 PM |
|Columbus Hall GH, Hyatt Regency, Gold East|
|Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research|
|Chair: Matthew Tincani (Temple University)|
|Discussant: Matthew Tincani (Temple University)|
|CE Instructor: Elizabeth R. Lorah, Ph.D.|
This symposium will offer a training protocol for the acquisition of verbal behavior using the iPad and application Proloqu2Go as a speech-generating device for children with autism. The protocol will be derived from a synthesis of recent studies evaluating the use of handheld technology as a speech-generating device in the acquisition of mand, tacts using carrier phrases, intraverbals, distance training, and discrimination between picture-symbols. Thus, this sequence will account for the full range of verbal behavior. Finally, practical considerations for the use of such devices as Augmentative and Alternative Communication System will be discussed.
|Keyword(s): Autism, iPad, Speech-Generating Device, Verbal Behavior|
Using Within Stimulus Prompts for Acquiring Discrimination With a Speech Generating Communication Device
|Katie Koehler (University of Arkansas), Elizabeth R. Lorah (University of Arkansas), RENEE SPEIGHT (University of Arkansas)|
This study evaluated the effects of within stimulus prompting and prompt fading strategies in the acquisition of a discrimination repertoire while using a tablet computer as a speech-generating device. Using a multiple probe, within a changing criterion design, a five-phased training procedure, four preschool aged children diagnosed with autism, were taught to discriminate between a progressively more complex field of picture-symbols, depicted on the screen of an iPad?, using the application Proloqu2Go. All four participants acquired the ability to discriminate between picture-symbols, while using the iPad? to mand for preferred items, in a field of four picture-symbols of preferred items. The results provide practitioners an effective procedure for the acquisition of such a repertoire, while using a handheld computing device as a speech-generating device.