Comparing First Graders’ Attitudes and Preferences Toward a Peer Using an iPad®-Based Speech-Generating Device and a Non-Electronic AAC System

Jolene K Hyppa Martin, Dana Collins, Mo Chen, Casey Amundson, Kelli Timinski, Mark I Mizuko

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This study compared first graders’ attitudes toward a peer who used an iPad®-based speech-generating device (SGD) versus a non-electronic AAC system, as well as preferences regarding the systems. In all, 115 first graders were randomly assigned to view a video of a peer using either the SGD or the non-electronic system. Participants then completed the Assessment of Attitudes Toward Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AATAAC) and answered preference questions about the systems. Results showed that attitudes toward the peer did not vary significantly as a function of the type of AAC system the peer used. Girls tended to have more positive attitudes than boys toward the peer who used AAC. A majority of participants preferred the SGD for their peer’s and for their own use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-104
Number of pages11
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016



  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • attitudes
  • iPad®-based speech-generating device
  • non-electronic AAC system
  • preferences

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