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Tenhue and Micaux
Investigating the Need for
Cross Platform Software for
Children with Mild to
Moderate Communication
Disa...
Background
• Assistive technology (AT), augmentative and
alternative communication (AAC)
• Quality of life (QoL)
• Financi...
Problem, Goal & Purpose
Problem
Is there a need for cross platform AAC software aimed at
children with mild to moderate co...
Methodology
• Interpretative & Inductive
• Qualitative research method & data analysis
• Unstructured probing interview
• ...
Method
• Multi-stage question design
• Results from experts in the field
• Participant sample of three used in final analy...
Data Collection
• Information & consent forms for each
participant
• Face-to-face when possible
• Skype video calls when f...
Data Analysis
• Transcription
• Dragon Dictation
• Highlight substanstive statements
• Coding
• Categorisation
Image sourc...
Result and Conclusion
o Categories: Quality of Life, Communication,
Technology and Finance
 Cross-platform software: woul...
Quality Assurance
• Timely research
• Vulnerable or dependent groups
• Missing out on data from excluding groups from
the ...
Further Research
• New models to support AAC
software development
• Prescription systems
• Classification & standardizatio...
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Cross Platform Software for Children with Mild to Moderate Communication Disabilities

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The goal of the study is to reach students and researchers, as well as, companies and organisations to stimulate further research. The purpose of this is to encourage the development of effective software for children with communication disabilities. This report is relevant to students, researchers, companies and organisations working within the areas of: Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Information Communication Technology (ICT), Assistive technology (AT) and AAC.

This report discusses the need for cross platform AAC(Augmentative and Alternative Communication) software aimed at children with mild to moderate communication disabilities. It is crucial to find out how diseases and treatments affect a child's quality of life (QoL), especially for chronic diseases.

The result shows that there are key findings in the following categories: QoL, Communication, Technology, and Finance. A conclusion is that cross-platform software would improve the QoL of families by including the child at home and in other environments, such as, in school. A critical factor is the lack of standardised lexical resources. Proper classification systems for lexical and ontology resources should be openly available. The popularisation of apps, portable touchscreen devices, social media are not easily incorporated into current business or prescription models. Companies need to look for a new business model to adapt. The prescription system needs to become less rigid in order to account for the rapidly changing times.

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Cross Platform Software for Children with Mild to Moderate Communication Disabilities

  1. 1. Tenhue and Micaux Investigating the Need for Cross Platform Software for Children with Mild to Moderate Communication Disabilities
  2. 2. Background • Assistive technology (AT), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) • Quality of life (QoL) • Financial & social barriers prevent equal spread • Little known about use in certain settings
  3. 3. Problem, Goal & Purpose Problem Is there a need for cross platform AAC software aimed at children with mild to moderate communication disabilities? Goal & Purpose •To reach 1. Students and researchers 2. Companies and organisations •We want to reach people in these areas: Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Information Communication Technology (ICT), AT and AAC.
  4. 4. Methodology • Interpretative & Inductive • Qualitative research method & data analysis • Unstructured probing interview • Semi-structured elite interviews • Snowball sampling method • Coding & categories Image source: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/dedind.php
  5. 5. Method • Multi-stage question design • Results from experts in the field • Participant sample of three used in final analysis Participant Type of interview DEVELOPER (Probing) Face-to-face unstructured RESEARCHER Video call semi-structured COMPUTER PEDAGOGUE Video call semi-structured DOCTOR Face-to-face semi-structured
  6. 6. Data Collection • Information & consent forms for each participant • Face-to-face when possible • Skype video calls when face-to-face was not possible • Screenflow video and audio recording • iPhone audio recording • 30 minute interviews
  7. 7. Data Analysis • Transcription • Dragon Dictation • Highlight substanstive statements • Coding • Categorisation Image source: http://www.proscript.com/process-dictation.html
  8. 8. Result and Conclusion o Categories: Quality of Life, Communication, Technology and Finance  Cross-platform software: would improve QoL of families by inclusion @home @school etc.  Open Classification systems: for lexical (words, vocabulary) and ontology (what exists) resources should be openly available as an incentive to:  Adapt to mainstream tech: Apps, portable devices, social media etc. – these need to be incorporated in current business and prescription models.
  9. 9. Quality Assurance • Timely research • Vulnerable or dependent groups • Missing out on data from excluding groups from the study • Expert anonymization at request • Snowball sampling leads to same opinions • Researcher bias from prompting questions • Deep but narrow data from interview • Influence from recording devices
  10. 10. Further Research • New models to support AAC software development • Prescription systems • Classification & standardization • Observation of end-users using cross-platform software • Observation of use in natural environment

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