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ERIC Number: EJ849802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Using Visual Script Interventions to Address Communication Skills
Ganz, Jennifer B.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n2 p54-58 Nov-Dec 2007
Visual scripts and related educational strategies such as video modeling and social script narratives provide visual or auditory cues to promote communication and social skills in children with disabilities. Visual scripts are particularly useful for teachers who work with children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and cognitive impairments--both students with average language skills and those with limited verbal skills. There are seven basic steps for implementing visual scripts; the process itself is flexible and adaptable to the ability level and needs of the student (Ganz et al., 2006). Implementation of visual scripts involves choosing target activities and learner objectives, observing typically developing peers engaging in target activities and developing visual scripts, teaching the student to recite the script, and implementing then fading the use of the script. Scripts are most successful when they incorporate student interests and familiar activities and settings and they are easily adapted for a variety of student ability levels and within numerous environments. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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