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Brief Report: A Mobile Application to Treat Prosodic Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Impairments: A Pilot Study
Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Publications
  • Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, Yale Child Study Center
  • Rhea Paul, Sacred Heart University
  • Frederick Shic, Yale Child Study Center
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Abstract

This study examined the acceptability of a mobile application, SpeechPrompts, designed to treat prosodic disorders in children with ASD and other communication impairments. Ten speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in public schools and 40 of their students, 5-19 years with prosody deficits participated. Students received treatment with the software over eight weeks. Pre- and post-treatment speech samples and student engagement data were collected. Feedback on the utility of the software was also obtained. SLPs implemented the software with their students in an authentic education setting. Student engagement ratings indicated students' attention to the software was maintained during treatment. Although more testing is warranted, post-treatment prosody ratings suggest that SpeechPrompts has potential to be a useful tool in the treatment of prosodic disorders.

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DOI
10.1007/s10803-015-2573-8
Citation Information
Simmons, E. S., Paul, R. & Shic, F. (2016). Brief report: a mobile application to treat prosodic deficits in autism spectrum disorder and other communication impairments: a pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(1), 320-327. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2573-8