Augmentative Communication Board for a Preschool ClassroomBy Haber, Daniel; Marsh, Lucas; Schimmer,Kate; Thariani, Ali; Rice, David A.; NSF 2009 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pages 266-267
Publication Date: 2011
Paper outlines the design and construction of a wall mounted augmentative communication board for a classroom at a preschool for students with autism spectrum disorders. The Augmentative Communication Board consists of a wall mounted wooden case with six large buttons mounted on the front face, an external speaker, and an external microphone. Housed inside the case is a Tech/Talk communicator board. Each button on the front has a different interchangeable picture, corresponds to a custom prerecorded message, and is surrounded by LED indicators. When a button is pressed, the message is played, and the LEDs darken to indicate to the student that the associated message has been played. The button is deactivated and the LEDs remain off until the device is reset. A hinged panel at the top of the device provides teacher access to the controls used for tasks including volume adjustment and the recording of new messages. The Augmentative Communication Board was designed by engineering students at Tulane University.
Assistive Products Discussed: TECH / FOUR
TECH/TALK (MODELS TT6X8, TT8X8, & TT12X8)
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2009/CHAPTER%2015%20TULANE%20UNIVERSITY.pdf