ERIC Number: ED363068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Communication in Individuals with Autism through the Use of Pictures and Word Symbols. Functional Programming for People with Autism: A Series.
Winner, Michelle G.
This booklet is geared towards persons with autism of all ages who would benefit from enhancing their communication systems through the use of aided communication. It recognizes the importance of an effective expressive communication system to aid them in expressing thoughts and maintaining some power and control over decisions in their lives. Criteria for an effective expressive communication system are listed. The strengths and weaknesses of potential visual communication modes are outlined, including manual signs, gestures, aided communication, facilitation to assist motor movement, and eye gaze. Intervention strategies when using communication boards with persons with autism are suggested. These strategies deal with such issues as limited or infrequent initiation of communication, poor eye contact and pointing skills, picture identification, work within the context of an interdisciplinary team, responsibility for the communication board's use, limited opportunities to community, tendency to not understand the concept of choice, motivating a person to use the communication board, and expanding the communication board. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Autism, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Intervention, Pictorial Stimuli, Skill Development, Training Methods, Verbal Stimuli, Visual Stimuli
Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana University, 2853 E. Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408-2601 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
Identifiers: Augmentative Alternative Communication; Communication Boards
Note: For related booklets, see EC 302 520-530.