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AAC010303: Smart Home Technology for People Using AAC: Managing Setup and Implementation


Preliminary results of a mixed-method study on the impact of smart home technology on the independence of individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication will be reported. The installation process of smart home technology will be described in detail including the length of setup, the challenges faced during set up, the benefits of setting up technology with guidance, and troubleshooting techniques used during installation. Effects of COVID-19 data collection (i.e., exploring remote vs. in-person setup, lessons learned in each format, etc.) will be discussed.

Content Disclosure: This session will discuss a variety of Smart Home Technology, including but not limited to Amazon Echo Products, Philips Hue smart lightbulbs, Tan Tan smart sockets, and Polarized Grounding Adapter (3 Prong to 2 Prong Adapter). Products were selected based on a previous research study results. The presenters do not have any financial relationships with the products used in this study.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe one or more forms of smart home technology installed in homes.
Second Learning Objective: Describe one or more factors in timelines required for smart home technology installation.
Third Learning Objective: Contrast one or more issues related to setup remotely versus in person.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Secondary Strand

Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Family Members
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Transition Coordinator

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Content Area

Professional Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

ASHA CE Information: 
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: March 1, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Introductory level, Professional area.)

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC Augmentative and Alternative Communication Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Christina Corso

ASHA, Doctoral Student


Christina Lynn Corso, M.S., CCC-SLP is a doctoral student in the department of Communication Science and Disorders at Ohio University. Her research interests include increasing independence through technology in adolescents and young adults who have severe and complex disabilities. She also is interested in conducting research that looks at AAC interfaces that support language development for adolescents and young adults who have severe and complex disabilities with complex communication needs. The author discloses she has no financial or other interest in objects or entities mentioned in this presentation.

Relevant Financial Relationship: No

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No