Apps for Children with ASD

Selecting AAC Apps for Children with ASD – October 21, 2015

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Dr. Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist
USSAAC Committee: Lateef McLeod (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Wendy Quach

Abstract: SLPs are increasingly faced with the task of considering AAC apps for children with ASD. There is great variability in the 200+ AAC apps for mobile devices with a wide range of features and levels of quality. In this presentation, we discuss a framework and resources for evaluating AAC apps.

Learning Outcomes:
• Participants will be able to discuss the role of AAC app selection in the larger process of feature match evaluations
• Participants will be able to describe linguistic features of AAC apps
• Participants will be able to identify tools (checklist, rubrics) for comparing and contrasting AAC apps

Presenter Bio Sketch: Dr. Zangari is a professor of SLP at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Executive Director of the NSU Satellite Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). She co-edited Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs. Dr. Zangari teaches AAC courses, supervises in the AAC clinic, and coordinates the AAC Lab. She is co-author of the blog PrAACtical AAC.



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