Use of iPad/iPods with Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities: A Meta-analysis of Communication Interventions

Nouf Alzrayer, Devender R. Banda, Rajinder K. Koul

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Abstract

We conducted a meta-analysis to determine the impact of using tablet-based devices on the communication skills of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. A total of 15 studies were reviewed to determine the effectiveness of the intervention on communication skills. The results showed that tablet-based devices, especially iOS devices (i.e., iPad and iPod Touch) were highly effective in increasing the communication skills of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Also, the results provided evidence that several participants were able to continue communicating using the devices and to use them in novel contexts. Furthermore, caregivers have positive perceptions of using iOS-based speech-generating devices for communication skills. Results are discussed and implications for practice and future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-191
Number of pages13
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

Keywords

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Autism
  • Communication skills
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Speech-generating devices
  • iPad/iPods

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