Communication Interventions for Minimally Verbal Children With Autism: A Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On September 05, 2014 (EST)

Disability Scoop summarizes this study published in the Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

"Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help maximize language skills. In a study of 61 kids with autism ages 5 to 8, researchers found that those given access to a tablet with a speech-generating app during therapy were able to make “significant and rapid gains” in their use of language, far exceeding the progress of children who participated in treatment sessions alone. All of the children in the study were minimally verbal and participated in two to three hours of therapy each week for six months that focused on improving language, play skills and social gesturing like pointing. In addition to the therapy, half of the kids were given a tablet with a speech-generating app to use during the sessions. The app was programmed with pictures of objects being used in the therapy which allowed the child to touch an image and hear audio of an object’s name. Ultimately, children who used the tablets were more likely to begin using language on their own."

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