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ERIC Number: EJ1103836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Lessons That Linger: A 40-Year Follow-Along Note about a Boy with Autism Taught to Communicate by Gestures When Aged Six
Webster, C. D.; Fruchter, D.; Dean, J.; Konstantareas, M. M.; Sloman, L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n7 p2561-2564 Jul 2016
We draw on an article published in 1973 in this journal. We described how we taught "Geoff," a 6-year old boy with autism, an elementary form of sign language during the course of 24 one-hour sessions held over a 12-week period (Webster et al. in "J Autism Child Schizophr" 3:337-346, 1973; Fruchter in "Autism: new directions in research and education," pp 184-186, 1980). Here, we describe how it is that Geoff has maintained the vestiges of what we taught him (and indeed what he taught us) over the long span. This basic communication strategy has endured well and continues to contribute to his enjoyment of life.
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Language: English
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