Is Awesome Really Awesome? How the Inclusion of Informal Terms on an AAC Device Influences Children's Attitudes toward Peers Who Use AAC
Research in Developmental Disabilities Volume 27, Number 1, ISSN 0891-4222
Two videotapes were created of a child communicating with a voice output augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. In one the child communicated using formal English only and in the other the child communicated using formal English and age appropriate informal terms. Children in grades 4 and 5 viewed either the formal English only or the formal and informal English videotape. After viewing the videotape, children completed a measure of self-reported attitudes toward children who use AAC. Results indicated effects for gender and for the gender by grade interaction. These results are discussed along with clinical implications.
Beck, A.R., Bock, S., Thompson, J.R., Bowman, L. & Robbins, S. (2006). Is Awesome Really Awesome? How the Inclusion of Informal Terms on an AAC Device Influences Children's Attitudes toward Peers Who Use AAC. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27(1), 56-69.