Designing AAC systems for children with autism: evidence from eye tracking research

Karri Gillespie-Smith, Sue Fletcher-Watson

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Autism is associated with a range of language difficulties that impact communication, behaviour management, and education. Consequently, a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies may be employed to support people with autism to communicate. There is a growing body of evidence concerning the visual attention of individuals with autism, which may be relevant to AAC interventions. This review draws on evidence from eye tracking research specifically to inform the design of AAC systems for people with autism. In addition, we discuss the future of AAC for individuals with autism in light of relevant technological developments, and raise questions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-171
Number of pages12
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • AAC
  • Autism
  • Gaze behaviour
  • Eye tracking
  • Communication
  • Language Disorders


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