A preliminary data on the factors that affect accessibility to high-tech 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
Augmentative and Alternative Communications, Communication Aids for Disabled, Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
A quantitative approach was utilized in the research. The population included 24 primary caregivers of children aged 2-12 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic. They were selected using purposive sampling. The survey questionnaire consisted of four (4) parts: demographics, availability, funding and sponsorship, and linguistics. Data was analyzed through mode and frequency. Based on the results, the primary caregivers of children with ASD currently have access to High-Tech AAC Devices in terms of availability, funding, and sponsorship, and linguistics. This can be supported due to the fact that the device, apps, and systems are available in the Philippines. This was followed by linguistics wherein despite the limited number of vocabularies and lack of availability of Filipino language was an area of concern however respondents still choose to obtain the High-Tech AAC Devices regardless of the said circumstance. Lastly, most of the respondents did not reflect funding and sponsorship in their experiences as they were able to access High Tech AAC devices due to sufficient income. The aforementioned data provided a preliminary description of the current state of accessibility of the High-Tech AAC devices gathered from the primary caregivers of children with ASD enrolled in a university specialty clinic.
Steven Angelo J. Maristela
Gaba, C. A. M., Garingalao, E. C., Manalo, R. G., Montoya, Y. M., & Vacunador, Z. M. (2021). A preliminary data on the factors that affect accessibility to high-tech augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) devices among three children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enrolled in a university AAC specialty clinic : results of a survey. [Bachelor's thesis, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute]. GreenPrints. https://greenprints.dlshsi.edu.ph/bsslp/47/