Effects of peer-mediated interventions on social communication of children with autism spectrum disorders who utilize augmentative and alternative communication systems
Subjectautism spectrum disorders; social communication; peer-mediated interventions; augmentative and alternative communication systems
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders characterized by impairments in social communication and interaction. Peer-mediated interventions(PMI) have been found to have a positive impact on social interaction between children with ASD and their typically-developing peers. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are systems that supplement or replace existing communication when impairments in speech are present. The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of PMI on the use of AAC devices by children with ASD. The main focus was on the social interactions that were facilitated by PMI between children with ASD and their typically developing peers. Children with ASD may not have the internal motivation that other AAC users have to interact socially. This may be why few relevant studies have been identified on this specific topic. Results will be discussed and future research recommendations will be made.
Senior capstone poster, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, SUNY Plattsburgh