What Are the Attention Demands of Aided AAC? The act of communicating requires the management and use of attention. Communicating using aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) may place unique attentional demands because of the length of time it can take to convey a message. From turning on the AAC device to activating the voice output, there are ... Article
Article  |   April 2012
What Are the Attention Demands of Aided AAC?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jennifer J. Thistle
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Krista M. Wilkinson
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication
Article   |   April 2012
What Are the Attention Demands of Aided AAC?
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2012, Vol. 21, 17-22. doi:10.1044/aac21.1.17
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2012, Vol. 21, 17-22. doi:10.1044/aac21.1.17

The act of communicating requires the management and use of attention. Communicating using aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) may place unique attentional demands because of the length of time it can take to convey a message. From turning on the AAC device to activating the voice output, there are multiple tasks that call upon attention. Reducing the length of time to communicate may reduce the amount of attention required. Using the existing literature base related to display design, we offer considerations for designing the visual display that influence the speed of aided AAC.

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