Designing AAC systems for children with autism: Evidence from eye tracking research

Karri Gillespie-Smith, Sue Fletcher-Watson

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    Abstract

    Autism is associated with a range of language difficulties that impact communication, behaviour management, and education. Consequently, a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies may be employed to support people with autism to communicate. There is a growing body of evidence concerning the visual attention of individuals with autism, which may be relevant to AAC interventions. This review draws on evidence from eye tracking research specifically to inform the design of AAC systems for people with autism. In addition, we discuss the future of AAC for individuals with autism in light of relevant technological developments, and raise questions for future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-171
    Number of pages12
    JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

    Keywords

    • AAC
    • Autism
    • Gaze behaviour
    • Eye tracking
    • Communication
    • Language disorders
    • PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
    • SUPERIOR VISUAL-SEARCH
    • SPECTRUM DISORDERS
    • WILLIAMS-SYNDROME
    • GAZE BEHAVIOR
    • SPONTANEOUS ATTENTION
    • MOTION PERCEPTION
    • ASPERGER-SYNDROME
    • SCENE DISPLAYS
    • HUMAN-FIGURES

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