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Design Opportunities for AAC and Children with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments

Ibrahim, S; Vasalou, A; Clarke, M; (2018) Design Opportunities for AAC and Children with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments. In: Mandryk, R and Hancock, M and Perry, M and Cox, A, (eds.) CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies can support children with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI) to express themselves. Yet, these seemingly 'enabling' technologies are often abandoned by this target group, suggesting a need to understand how they are used in communication. Little research has considered the interaction between people, interaction design and the material dimension of AAC. To address this, we report on a qualitative video study that examines the situated communication of five children using AAC in a special school. Our findings offer a new perspective on reconceptualising AAC design and use revealing four areas for future design: (1) incorporating an embodied view of communication, (2) designing to emphasise children's competence and agency, (3) regulating the presence, prominence and value of AAC, and (4) supporting a wider range of communicative functions that help address children's needs.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Design Opportunities for AAC and Children with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments
Event: 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)
Location: Montreal
Dates: 21 April 2018 - 26 January 2018
ISBN-13: 9781450356206
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173801
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173801
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: AAC, children, multimodal communication, accessibility, design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041362
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