There Isn't Always an App for That! The speed with which apps for the iOS platform have become available has caused many clinicians, educators, and potential consumers of AAC to search for a “quick fix.” While this platform may indeed be a good match to the strengths and needs of some individuals, it is not a match ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2011
There Isn't Always an App for That!
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica Gosnell
    Augmentative Communication Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
  • John Costello
    Augmentative Communication Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
  • Howard Shane
    Augmentative Communication Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2011
There Isn't Always an App for That!
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 7-8. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 7-8. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.7
Abstract

The speed with which apps for the iOS platform have become available has caused many clinicians, educators, and potential consumers of AAC to search for a “quick fix.” While this platform may indeed be a good match to the strengths and needs of some individuals, it is not a match to the communication needs of many with complex communication needs. This paper highlights the need to use the clinical feature matching process when considering all options for AAC.

Apps are poised to have a dramatic impact in a wide range of fields, from education to health care to retail and financial services…[Apps] represent something large and important: the advent of a mobile technology paradigm that may just be as significant as the birth of the web…[Apps] are just the beginning of a social and technological transformation that will have major implications for years to come. (Gravitytank, 2009).

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