User centered intervention model for social communication: A case study
Pitaro, Jillian L
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Social communication is an important part of life because it has the ability to establish close relationships with family, develop relationships with friends with whom to share time and interests, and allow for exchanges with acquaintances and strangers. Unfortunately, individuals who utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) often find social interactions limited to close family members and paid professionals. The purpose of this research was two sided. There was a research based component which was to examine the efficacy of a social communication intervention using two techniques, Automated Data Logging and Social Networks. There was also a clinically based component, which was to improve the social communication skills of a school-aged AAC user. Intervention was centered on Jordan, a 10 year-old boy with cerebral palsy who utilizes a dynamic display voice output device as his main mode of communication. The design element was an ABA design with an additional Pre-A Phase, in which some data collection took place and pages were developed. The initial A Phase was a Baseline Phase, followed by Intervention, and then a Generalization Phase. Results indicated that clinically intervention was successful. ADL and Social Networks proved to be effective tools for creating and evaluating an intervention. This study presented a possible social communication, user centered intervention model to be implemented with other users of AAC and techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention.