ERIC Number: ED244461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Clinical and Educational Perspectives on Language Intervention for Children with Autism.
Kamhi, Alan G.; And Others
The paper examines aspects of effective language intervention with autistic children. An overview is presented about the nature of language, its perception and comprehension, and the production of speech-language. Assessment strategies are considered. The second part of the paper analyzes traditional and communications-based intervention programs. Reasons for limited success of traditional behavioral intervention programs are cited including failure to consider the social-motivational and cognitive bases of language. The alternative of a communication-based approach is offered which emphasizes training in the natural environment with a focus on developing skills rather than on speech and language communicative skills. Specific language intervention suggestions are given for nonverbal, echolalic, and older autistic children. Goals of traditional and communications-based approaches are contrasted. The final part of the paper examines ways in which language and communication intervention can be accomplished in the classroom. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting Their Needs: Provision of Services to the Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic. p221-248. Conference Proceedings (Memphis, TN, April 27-28, 1983). (EC 162 463).