Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
College of Education & Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Gale B. Rice
Susan T. Lenihan
speech delay, impairment, literacy, preschool, school-age, AAC
Children who use speech generating devices (SGDs) depend on others for support in learning and utilizing the device. Family members have been recognized as the most significant communication partners for children and credited with helping their children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to achieve their communication potential (Huer & Lloyd, 1990; Parette, Brotherson, & Huer, 2000). However, there is little specific research on the effect parental involvement has on device use at home. The purposes of this study were to examine parental involvement in daily management and device implementation on actual use of the AAC system at home and if there were elements of a child’s system that were more likely to be used at home than others. This was accomplished through a semi-structured interview process with the parents of children and young adults who use AAC systems. The study also examined the amount of parental involvement on system use through a parent questionnaire. Twenty-one parents of individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC participated in an interview and completed a questionnaire. The results indicated that even with active parents, individuals who use AAC seldom used the device at home.
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Dunkmann, Loretta, "Examination of Parental Involvement on Augmentative and Alternative System Use at Home" (2015). All Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects. 107.
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