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Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC

Authors: Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., & Teresa Iacono, Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-1-55766-953-7


For children, adolescents, and adults with autism, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can have a tremendous positive impact on communication, social skills, and behavior. Now there's a comprehensive, up-to-date research volume that shows professionals what today's most effective AAC methods are — and why they're a perfect fit with a variety of learning approaches that work for people with autism.

Pat Mirenda—a leading authority on AAC and autism—and Teresa Iacono partner with more than 30 other experts to give readers current, in-depth information on a wide range of AAC methods and technologies. Through clear and compelling examinations of the latest research studies, professionals supporting people with autism will discover how these evidence-based AAC interventions can be used to:

- promote children's natural speech and language development

- expand literacy skills

- modify challenging behavior

- build young children's social interaction skills

- encourage students' full membership and participation in inclusive classrooms

- give children socially appropriate ways to express needs and preferences

- replace unconventional communicative acts with more conventional ones

- help adolescents and adults develop strong social networks within their community

Readers will also get clarification of the common characteristics of effective AAC interventions and insight into the future research required to make AAC technologies more meaningful and motivating.

Useful for educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other direct service providers, this new addition to the renowned Augmentative and Alternative Communication series will give readers understanding of today's diverse AAC options - knowledge they'll use to help people with autism develop the communication and social skills they need to succeed and how to
help people with autism benefit from such methods as:

- speech generating devices

- visual schedules and other types of visual supports

- peer-mediated interventions

- manual signing and gestures

- graphic symbols

- written supports

and more.

Here are the sections and chapter titles:

Overview and Assessment
1.Introduction to AAC for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
2.Assessment Issues

II: Communication Modalities
3. Presymbolic Communicators with Autism Spectrum Disorders
4.Research on the Use of Manual Signs and Graphic Symbols in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review
5. Speech Output and Speech-Generating Devices in Autism Spectrum Disorders
6. Effects of AAC on the Natural Speech Development of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Diane C. Millar

III: AAC Interventions
7. AAC and the SCERTS® Model: Incorporating AAC within a Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Educational Program
8. The System for Augmenting Language: Implications for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
9. Using AAC Technologies to Build Social Interaction with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
10. The Picture Exchange Communication System: Clinical and Research Applications
11. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Visual Supports for Augmented Input with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
12 Functional Communication Training and Choice-Making Interventions for the Treatment of Problem Behavior in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
13 The Role of Aided AAC in Replacing Unconventional Communicative Acts with More Conventional Ones

IV. AAC-Related Issues
14. Literacy in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC
15. Membership, Participation, and Learning in General Education Classrooms for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC
16.Supporting the Participation of Adolescents and Adults with Complex Communication Needs


Contact Info:
Title:Customer Services
Organization:Brookes Publishing Company
Address:P.O. Box 10624
Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
Phone:U.S. and Canada: 1-800-638-3775; Outside U.S. and Canada: 1-410-337-9580
ISBN: 978-1-55766-953-7
Cost:$49.95 (hardcover)

Web Links

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Home page of the publisher, Paul H. Brookes

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