Author(s)

J.J. Thistle, S.A. Holmes, M.M. Horn, & A.M. Reum

Year

2017

Publication

American Journal of Speech Language Pathology

PURPOSE:
Designing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays that minimize operational demands is an important aspect of AAC intervention. The current study compared the effect of 2 display designs on the speed of locating target words by preschoolers without disabilities.

METHOD:
Across 5 sessions, participants in the consistent condition (n = 12) were asked to locate symbols on arrays that did not change, whereas participants in the variable condition (n = 12) utilized arrays where the symbols changed locations each session.

RESULTS:
No difference in response time across conditions was noted during the 1st session; however, by the 5th session, participants in the consistent condition demonstrated significantly faster response times than participants in the variable condition.

CONCLUSIONS:
The current study illustrated an advantage of consistent symbol location for preschoolers without disabilities. Clinical applications for incorporating consistent symbol location into AAC display design are discussed; however, replication with children who use AAC is critical.

Posted in

0 comments on “Consistent Symbol Location Affects Motor Learning in Preschoolers Without Disabilities: Implications for Designing Augmentative and Alternative Communication Displays

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.