Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology


augmentative and alternative communication device, AAC, caregivers


Limited literature about Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in the Philippines reveals limited information regarding its users and its perceived effectiveness, that is why the study aims to develop a description of the perception of the selected primary caregivers from DLSHSI AAC Specialty Clinic regarding Alternative and Augmentative Communication Device as an intervention method on improving their child’s responsiveness and participation during conversations. In addition, the study wanted to outline the common occurring themes regarding the caregivers’ perception through the means of an interview and narratives. After conducting a semi-structured interview with the caregivers, the data collected were grouped into 4 themes where the study made use of a qualitative descriptive design utilizing the phenomenological approach, in which inductive content analysis is incorporated. The study concludes that caregivers find that an AAC system is an effective intervention method for improving their child's responsiveness and participation during conversations, regardless of the type of device. The results of the study also point out that multiple constraints hindered their children to achieve maximum desired results from the AAC device's potential because of limitations in integrating it into multiple settings, their perceived inappropriateness on the type of device in relation to their children's interests and condition, as well as the limited knowledge they have as a caregiver on the purpose of the device and how they can maximize its use.

First Advisor

Steven Angelo J. Maristela, CSP-PASP, BCTS