Effectivity of using iPad-based alternative and augmentative communication to facilitate initiating, requesting and commenting of children with Autism spectrum disorder: a descriptive systematic review

Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Communication Disorders, Child, Computers, Handheld


The study aimed to know how different studies suggested the effectiveness of high-tech alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) device especially for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during requesting, commenting and responding to difference social contexts. Seven (7) single-case studies were used in the systematic review based on the following selection criteria: 1) participants should have ASD, 2) should be in pediatric age, and 3) should have impairment in social skills. Results of the studies suggested that the use of iPad-based AAC helped in aiding and facilitating different social skills. Some of the participants in each study preferred the use of a low-tech AAC device due to prolonged exposure to it prior to the study and due to age which made a slow progress and acquisition of necessary skills for the use of a iPad-based AAC. The use of an iPad-based AAC was effective in facilitating initiating, requesting and commenting similar to using PECS and other AAC modalities.

First Advisor

Christine Medina-Chin

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