Speech generating devices for children : a guide for parents and caregivers

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2016-05

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Knight, Lindsey Nicole

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Children with severe communication deficits often need alternative methods to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Research indicates that augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods can improve communicative function in low or nonverbal children. A prevalent form of AAC is the Speech-Generating Device (SGD), which produces synthesized or recorded speech. Numerous SGDs, downloadable applications, and accessories are on the market alongside a vast array of published literature. As a result, it is difficult for parents to educate themselves when considering an SGD for their child. This paper will serve as a guide to help parents understand SGDs and the ways in which they may benefit their child.

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