The Effect of Partner Reauditorization on Undergraduates' Attitudes Toward a Peer Who Communicates With Augmentative and Alternative Communication Purpose This study compared college students' attitudes toward a peer who used a nonelectronic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system with and without a partner reauditorization strategy and also examined the effect of reauditorization on reported (a) ease of understanding the peer who used AAC, (b) willingness to engage in ... Research Article
Research Article  |   May 03, 2018
The Effect of Partner Reauditorization on Undergraduates' Attitudes Toward a Peer Who Communicates With Augmentative and Alternative Communication
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jolene Hyppa-Martin
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Jolene Hyppa-Martin: jhyppama@d.umn.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Editor: Erinn Finke
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Research Articles
Research Article   |   May 03, 2018
The Effect of Partner Reauditorization on Undergraduates' Attitudes Toward a Peer Who Communicates With Augmentative and Alternative Communication
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2018, Vol. 27, 657-671. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0242
History: Received January 11, 2017 , Revised June 16, 2017 , Accepted October 31, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2018, Vol. 27, 657-671. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0242
History: Received January 11, 2017; Revised June 16, 2017; Accepted October 31, 2017

Purpose This study compared college students' attitudes toward a peer who used a nonelectronic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system with and without a partner reauditorization strategy and also examined the effect of reauditorization on reported (a) ease of understanding the peer who used AAC, (b) willingness to engage in interactions with the peer who used AAC, and (c) preferences regarding AAC systems.

Method Sixty-four participants completed surveys after viewing each of 2 counterbalanced conditions involving a video of a peer who communicated using AAC. Mean survey ratings were compared between conditions.

Results Participants reported (a) more positive attitudes toward, (b) a greater ease in understanding, and (c) an increased willingness to interact with the peer who used nonelectronic AAC with partner reauditorization. Participants indicated that reauditorization contributed positively to the observed conversation. Reported preferences for nonelectronic AAC systems did not vary as a function of reauditorization, and most participants reported a preference for an electronic speech-generating device when compared with a nonelectronic system.

Conclusion Partner reauditorization may play a role in improving attitudes that individuals hold about peers who use nonelectronic AAC and may contribute to ease of understanding the aided message and increased likelihood of peer interactions.

Acknowledgments
Funding support was provided by The University of Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, U.S. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health Grant 5 T73MC12835-09-00 to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Joe Reichle, PI, the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration at The College of Education and Human Development, UMN Medical School, UMN College of Liberal Arts, and by the UMN Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. The authors extend their appreciation to Edward Carney, Lindsey Dietz, Ainsley Reibow, Zhuoran Shang, and Kate Wyman for assistance with procedural fidelity, design, and analysis. The research reported here was conducted in partial fulfillment of the first author’s doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
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