A Preliminary data on the factors that affect accessibility to hightech augmentative/alternative communication (aac) devices among three children with autism spectrum disorder (asd) enrolled in a university aac specialty clinic: results of a survey
Date of Completion
Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology
autism spectrum disorder, AAC-based intervention, augmentative and alternative communication device
The study aimed to provide a description and preliminary information regarding the current state of accessibility to AAC-based intervention given the current factors in a local setting, in hopes of influencing program and policy development. A quantitative approach was utilized to quantify, analyze and describe the findings in the study. The population included primary caregivers of children ages 2 - 12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder in De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute AAC Clinic. The survey questionnaire utilized in the study consisted of four parts: demographics, availability, funding and sponsorship, and linguistics. The survey questionnaire was content validated by three Speech and Language Pathologists, with one of them as an AAC Specialist. Results revealed that, in terms of availability, 100% (n=3) of the participants agreed that the HighTech AAC Device, App, and System are available in the Philippines. In linguistic factors, it showed 67% (n=2) of the participants responded that they obtained High-Tech AAC Devices despite the lack of vocabularies and availability of Filipino language in the said devices. Lastly, the majority of the participants (n=2) did not reflect funding and sponsorship in their experiences as they were able to access such devices through their personal income. In conclusion, the findings of the study revealed that the respondents currently have access to the High-Tech AAC Devices of their child/children diagnosed with ASD. Furthermore, the study was able to give a description and provided preliminary information on the current status of accessibility to AAC devices in a local setting.
Steven Angelo J. Maristela, CSP-PASP, BCTS
Gaba, C. C., Garingalao, E. B., Manalo, R. E., Montoya, Y. M., & Vacunador, Z. F. (2021, May 10). A Preliminary data on the factors that affect accessibility to hightech augmentative/alternative communication (aac) devices among three children with autism spectrum disorder (asd) enrolled in a university aac specialty clinic: results of a survey. GreenPrints. https://greenprints.dlshsi.edu.ph/bsslp/17/