Using a Clinical Approach To Answer “What Communication Apps Should We Use?” It would be impossible (and not the intent of this paper) to conduct a comprehensive review of every communication application (app) that exists as of this writing. Rather, a clinical framework for comparing and selecting apps will be offered to assist speech-language pathologists in answering the popular question “What communication ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2011
Using a Clinical Approach To Answer “What Communication Apps Should We Use?”
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica Gosnell
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
  • John Costello
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
  • Howard Shane
    Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2011
Using a Clinical Approach To Answer “What Communication Apps Should We Use?”
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2011, Vol. 20, 87-96. doi:10.1044/aac20.3.87
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2011, Vol. 20, 87-96. doi:10.1044/aac20.3.87

It would be impossible (and not the intent of this paper) to conduct a comprehensive review of every communication application (app) that exists as of this writing. Rather, a clinical framework for comparing and selecting apps will be offered to assist speech-language pathologists in answering the popular question “What communication apps should we use?” While this platform and certain apps may indeed represent a reasonable match to the strengths and needs of some individuals, it is important that the needs of an individual be considered on a case-by-case basis using a thorough and clinically based approach. To this end, the clinical application of a chart detailing features believed to represent critical and fundamental considerations for a broad profile of people evidencing complex communication needs will be discussed and highlighted through case examples.

Acknowledgment
This project was funded in part by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) which is funded under grant #H133E080011 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).
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