Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC

ISBN-10: 1557669538
ISBN-13: 9781557669537
Edition: 2009
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Description: For children, adolescents, and adults with autism, AAC can have a tremendous positive impact on communication, social skills, and behavior. Now theres a comprehensive, up-to-date research volume that shows professionals what todays most effective  More...

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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288

For children, adolescents, and adults with autism, AAC can have a tremendous positive impact on communication, social skills, and behavior. Now theres a comprehensive, up-to-date research volume that shows professionals what todays most effective AAC methods areand why theyre a perfect fit with a variety of learning approaches that work for people with autism. Pat Mirendaa leading authority on AAC and autismand Teresa Iacono partner with more than 30 other experts to give readers the most 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 childrens natural speech and language development expand literacy skills modify challenging behavior build young childrens 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

Teresa Iacono, Ph.D.,Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research, Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, Monash University, 270 Ferntree Gully Road Building 1, Notting Hill, Victoria, 3166, Australia Dr. Iacono earned her doctorate in Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a speechlanguage pathologist, having received her B.App.Sc. and M.App.Sc. 00Mirenda(F)-FM 10/21/08 1:48 PM Page xiii degrees in speech pathology in Australia. For 9 years she was an academic member of Macquarie University, where she co-convened a Masters in Communication Disorders within the Department of Linguistics and taught within the Institute of Early Childhood; she also held an honorary position within Macquarie University Special Education Centre. Her clinical, teaching, and research work has focused on developmental disabilities and complex communication needs. In her position at the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, this focus has extended to physical and mental health issues of adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Iacono is the author of chapters and research publications concerning communication and health and well-being in developmental disabilities. She was editor of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication from 2002 to 2004. In 2007, she was a recipient of the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Ethics Award for her work addressing ethical concerns of including people with developmental disabilities in research.

Cheryl M. Jorgensen is Research Associate Professor and Project Coordinator with the Institute on Disability, a University Affiliated Program at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Since 1985, she has worked with New Hampshire schools to help them increase their commitment and capacity to include students with disabilities within the mainstream of general education. More recently, her research and systems change efforts have focused on the inclusion of students with disabilities within school reform efforts, especially at the high school level. She was Editor of the Equity and Excellence newsletter and is a coauthor of Including Students with Severe Disabilities in Schools (Singular Publishing Group, 1994) and author of numerous chapters on inclusive curriculum design.

Series Preface
Series Editors, Editorial Advisor, and Editorial Advisory Board
Volume Preface
About the Editors
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Overview and Assessment
Introduction to AAC for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Assessment Issues
Communication Modalities
Presymbolic Communicators with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research on the Use of Manual Signs and Graphic Symbols in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review
Overview and Appraisal of Studies Involving Manual Signs and Gestures
Overview and Appraisal of Studies Involving Graphic Symbols
Speech Output and Speech-Generating Devices in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Effects of AAC on the Natural Speech Development of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
AAC Interventions
AAC and the SCERTS Model: Incorporating AAC within a Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Educational Program
The System for Augmenting Language: Implications for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Using AAC Technologies to Build Social Interaction with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Picture Exchange Communication System: Clinical and Research Applications
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Visual Supports for Augmented Input with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Functional Communication Training and Choice-Making Interventions for the Treatment of Problem Behavior in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Role of Aided AAC in Replacing Unconventional Communicative Acts with More Conventional Ones
AAC-Related Issues
Literacy in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC
Membership, Participation, and Learning in General Education Classrooms for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Who Use AAC
Beyond Access Model Best Practices
Supporting the Participation of Adolescents and Adults with Complex Communication Needs
Index

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