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Open Access Thesis


Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) implementation and intervention continues to be acritical component of the speech-language pathologys cope of prac-tice (ASHA,2020a).As communication has be come in creasingly technological ,there is a growing need for individuals using AAC to participate remotely using their pre-ferred method of AAC (DeRuyteretal.,2007). Research on use of low-tech AAC systems in telecommunication and the instruction of low-tech communication AAC methods via telepractice is limited. This paper focuses on partici-pants’ experience with learning amodality of communication, low-tech AAC,over Zoom (Zoom Communications Video Communications Inc.,2020). Using a descrip-tive-comparative design to evaluate efficiency, three participants, who were non-users of AAC, learned ,utilized, and reported preferences o flow-tech methods o fEye-Trans-fer(E-Tran) or Partner-Assisted Scanning (PAS),in a 90-minutesession. Participants used the methods in the role of the person using AAC first, and then as the communi-cation partner. Method efficiency was evaluated by comparing duration of messages, spelling accuracy, and user preferences amongst participants. The results indicated E-Tran was faster than PAS for two participants who tried both methods.The two participants who tried both methods also had higher accuracy using PAS and preferred PAS over all in the telecommunication setting.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Evette Edminster, Chair

Date Original


Object Description

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