Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder marked by social interaction impairment, verbal and non-verbal communication deficit, and repetitive and restricted interests and behaviors. Individuals with ASD who have complex communication needs (CCNs), meaning they have impaired speech or language expression and/or comprehension that limit their social participation, can benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). However, accessing AAC services in developing countries, such as Saudi Arabia, is limited due to the lack of professionals who can provide such services. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) are the main health practitioners who are responsible for assisting those with communication disorders, especially individuals with CCNs. The purpose of this study is to address Saudi Arabian SLPs' perceived competence in providing AAC technologies and services as well as to examine the relationship between their perceived competence and other factors, including education, clinical training, and experience. This study addresses three primary aims. The first aim is to describe the SLP participants’ background. The second aim is to collect data about SLPs' attitudes and perceived competence in providing AAC services to those with ASD. The third aim is to highlight whether education, training, and years of experience are related to SLPs' perceived competence in providing AAC interventions.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair

Mclntyre, Nancy


Feuerstein, Julie


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health Professions and Sciences


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Program

Communication Sciences and Disorders



Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Release Date


Restricted to the UCF community until 5-1-2027; it will then be open access.