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Case Study of A Child Who Uses a Speech Generating Communication Device

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  • Speech generating communication devices (SGCD) help individuals with severe speech impairments meet the needs of daily communication. They are commonly used by individuals who have congenital, developmental and/or acquired disabilities in which their ability to speak has been impaired. The primary aim of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of how a child uses augmentative and alternative communication methods, specifically a Speech Generating Communication Device (SGCD) supplied by Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL), and how the device has impacted the life of the child and his family. Interviews of the child’s family, teachers, and support workers, in addition to observations at home and at school, provided the opportunity to observe the device’s use and impact in real world contexts.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International