Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Interventions Using High-Technology Communication Devices: A State of the Art Review

Baxter, S., Enderby, P., et al. (2012).
Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 64(3), 137-144.
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Indicators of Review Quality

  • No The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • No Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • No Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details

Description

This is a review of 65 peer-reviewed studies that investigated the impact of high-technology augmentative and alternative communication devices across diagnoses (e.g., autism spectrum disorder) and age ranges.

Questions/Aims Addressed

Question/aim not specifically stated

Population

"Participants included people [of any age] with acquired non-progressive and progressive neurological disorders, autism/autistic spectrum disorder, and other developmental disorders" (p. 139).

Intervention/Assessment

The authors defined "high-tech devices by exclusion as those alternative and augmentative communication methods or devices which are powered and cannot be described as low technology. Software that could be used only as a treatment tool during therapy sessions was excluded, for example, computer programs used for word finding drills or articulation practice" (p. 138).

Number of Studies Included

65

Years Included

2000-2010


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

"The findings of this review suggest that these [high-technology] devices may be beneficial to enhance communication across a broad range of diagnoses [e.g., autism spectrum disorder] and age ranges" (p. 141).

Keywords: Age, Adolescents/Young Adults, Adults, School-Age Children, Young Children (Preschool)

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