Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome Do We Speak the Same Language?

ISBN-10: 1843102676
ISBN-13: 9781843102670
Edition: 2004
Authors: Olga Bogdashina
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Providing a theoretical foundation for understanding communication and language impairments specific to autism, the author explores the effects of different perceptual and cognitive styles on the communication and language development of autistic children.

Introduction
Definitions, Theories and Hypotheses
Communication - Language - Speech
Communication
Language
Speech
Other forms of language
Language Acquisition - The Theories
A behavioural theory
A biological theory
A cognitive theory
A psycholinguistic theory
A pragmatic/social-interactive theory
Problems in language acquisition
From Sensations to Concepts - Via Different Routes
Stages of perception
Using a 'short-cut'
Literal perception
Qualitative differences in experiencing sensations/receiving information
Gestalt perception
Fragmented perception
Do we live in the same time zone?
Intensity with which the senses work
Inconsistency of perception
Vulnerability to sensory overload
Perceptual styles
Compensating for an unreliable sense with other senses
Cognitive Styles and Functions in Autism
Attention
Conceptual vs perceptual memory
Gestalt memory
Literalness
Memories according to preferred modalities
Perceptual thinking
Sequential and spatial thinking
Imagination
IQ and autism - 'autistic intelligence'
Autistic Culture?
What Language Are They Speaking?
Language Characteristics, Learning Styles and Development in Autism
Language Learning Styles
Gestalt vs analytic style
Cerebal hemispheric organization
Timing of acquiring language
Timing of the onset of sensory processing problems
Learning environment
Speech and Language Development in Non-autistic and Autistic Children
Pre-verbal/pre-linguistic development
Phonological development
Grammatical development
Semantic development
Impairments of Social Communication in Autism and Language Peculiarities Specific to Autism
The pre-verbal communication of children with autism
The verbal communication of children with autism
Lack of expressive verbal language - 'autistic muteness'
Echolalia
Pronoun reversal
Extreme literalness
Metaphorical language
Neologisms
Affirmation by repetition
Repetitive questioning
Demanding the same verbal scenario
Autistic discourse style
Poor control of prosody
Fluent Speakers - So What's the Problem?
Receptive language
Expressive language
Literalness
Language as 'stress reliever'
'Sophisticated echolalia'
Guidance for communicating and interacting with autistic people
Key Strategies to Enhance Communication in Autism
Communication/Language Assessment Strategies - Communication Profile
Sensory components
Atypical communication behaviours
Muteness
Ability to use non-verbal communication strategies
Atypical use of verbal language
Functional use of verbal language
Communicative functions expressed
Ability to understand verbal and non-verbal communication/language
Assessment strategies
Communication Environment and Interaction Styles
Communication environment - creating the 'umbrella'
Interaction styles
Selecting Communication Systems
Visual systems
PECS
Communication via objects
Sign language - mime-signing - kinaesthetic 'language'
'Tactile language'
Written communication
Facilitated communication
Teaching Communication
A social skills approach
Social stories
Rules
Other approaches
Teaching 'accessories' of communication
To teach or not to teach?
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Subject Index
Author Index

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