Laarhoven, Toni van
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Department of Special and Early Education
Individuals who are nonverbal do not have the freedom to communicate outside of the room they are in without the help of technology. Through apps like TippyTalk EDU, individuals with this need for communication freedom can send messages to anyone, anywhere. This app can be used inside or outside of the classroom to communicate needs and wants, as well as engage in meaningful communication. Through collaboration with creator of TippyTalk EDU Rob Laffan, his creative team, and NIU faculty advisor Toni Van Laarhoven, and NIU student Kylie Cousins, a comprehensive, evidence-based manual was created to instruct teachers, parents, and caregivers on how to most effectively use TippyTalk EDU. Evidence of which areas of focus to include on the manual was derived from working with a focus student at DeKalb High School over the course of one week. After two, twenty-minute sessions two days in a row, the focus student was able to use TippyTalk EDU to express a desire after only one verbal prompt to use the device. The story of TippyTalk EDU, explanation of the application, a summary of research, and the evidence-based manual are all attached as thesis materials.
Cousins, Kylie E., "Getting Started with TippyTalk EDU: An evidence-based manual for use of assistive communication mobile application" (2018). Honors Capstones. 575.
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