Language and communication

Language and Communication

Research projects

Studies which focus on the development and evaluation of communication-focused evidence-based treatments and supports are vital to improving the services provided to children, adolescents, and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The projects below represent cross-disciplinary collaborations involving OTARC researchers, students and colleagues from within and outside the University aimed at addressing empirical questions derived from clinical practice.

Current studies

Attention to augmentative communication symbols and its relationship to learning: an eye-tracking study

Researchers: David Trembath (PhD), Teresa Iacono (PhD, Head of La Trobe Rural Health School), Cheryl Dissanayake (PhD), and Giacomo Vivanti (PhD)

Funded by: The equipment used in this study was in-part supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Equipment Grant.

Study aim: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies are commonly used to support the communication, learning, and participation of children, adolescents, and adults with an ASD and other developmental and acquired disabilities leading to complex communication needs. The overall objective of this study is to better understand the role AAC strategies may play in supporting the learning of children with an ASD, through careful examination of their visual attention to the modelling of AAC strategies in simulated teaching situations.

For more information contact Dr David Trembath