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AAC Device Design Elements That May Contribute to Use During Play

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  • The following review aimed to discover what elements in AAC interface design best facilitate AAC use in play in order to support children with complex needs in their linguistic, cognitive, and social development. The review explored how AAC use helps in development and how AAC effectiveness can be increased – in general and in the context of play, specifically. Drawing from research in the realms of AAC device development, visual cognitive neuroscience, children’s perspectives on AAC, and toy development, it described elements in every feature of AAC interface design that could be used to better support AAC use in play. The review determined that, despite a great deal of information that may improve the design of AAC device interfaces to facilitate play, more research is needed specifically on AAC use with physically and developmentally challenged children, research on very young children, the use of AAC within the context of play, underlying visual processes of both normal and impaired vision, and what appeals to AAC device users and their peers.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International