Teaching a student with autism spectrum disorder on-topic conversational responses with an iPad: a pilot study

Cheong Ying Sng*, Mark Carter, Jennifer Stephenson

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Abstract

Scripts in written or auditory form have been used to teach conversational skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but with the proliferation of handheld tablet devices the scope to combine these 2 formats has broadened. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate if a script-based intervention, presented on an iPad conversational app, would be effective in teaching basic conversation skills within a school setting. A multiple baseline with probe design across scripts was employed to teach a student with ASD on-topic responses. Experimental control was demonstrated across 2 of the 3 baselines. Surprisingly, a substantial degree of generalisation was evident, which may have compromised demonstration of experimental control. This app may be a practical and effective tool for teaching on-topic responses to an individual with ASD, and further research is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-34
Number of pages17
JournalAustralasian Journal of Special Education
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • iPad
  • scripts
  • conversation
  • tablet device
  • autism spectrum disorder

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