Date of Award

Fall 2013

Project Type


Program or Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Rae Sonnenmeier


The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the efficacy of the use of a speech-generating application on the Apple iPad as a speech-generating device (SGD) by measuring three students' progress towards individual communication goals using the Speak for Yourself! (SFY) speech-generating app. The proposed speech-generating device was implemented into regularly scheduled speech-language therapy sessions with 3 students with complex communication needs (CCNs) over a 12-week period. Data measured at three different points were collected by students' speech-language pathologists using Goal Attainment Scaling. Results were positive. All student participants made progress towards, reached, or exceeded communication goals during the of 12-week period when using SFY in regularly scheduled speech-language therapy. This suggests that school-aged students with CCNs can benefit from the use of an iPad as a SGD.