Adult preferences between two symbol sets: comparing boardmaker and overboard

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Tsai, Meng-Ju
Scherz, Julie W.
Bronston, Stephanie
Paden, Rebecca

Tsai, Meng-Ju, Scherz, Julie, Bronston, Stephanie & Paden, Rebecca. (2007). Adult preferences between two symbol sets: comparing boardmaker and overboard. In Proceedings : 3rd Annual Symposium : Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS : Wichita State University, p.73-74.


The present study was designed to determine whether significant differences existed in typical adults in the preferences across two symbol sets (Boardmaker® or Overboard®) frequently displayed on the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Three research questions were addressed. Is one symbol set more preferable than the other for typical adults? Is one symbol set preferred over the other by age groups? What qualitative data can be found to validate symbol preferences? A total of 56 participants participated in the study. Three tasks were involved in the study. The results indicated that regardless of the category (i.e., nouns, verbs, descriptors), the Boardmaker® symbol set is most preferred among the most typical participants except the age of 51-60, but did not reach the significant difference statistically.

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Paper presented to the 3rd Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 27, 2007.
Research completed at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions