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ERIC Number: EJ914578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
Ryan's Story
Julian, Bronwyn
Kairaranga, v7 n1 p13-16 2006
In this article, the author narrates how her son's communication skills have progressed through the use of photographic visuals. Her son, Ryan, was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) when he was aged two years and seven months. At this time he was unresponsive to his name, had virtually no words and definitely no comprehension of verbal language. Ryan did not follow simple instructions or understand the consequences of his actions. In May 2003, Ryan started school. He had a gradual transition into a class with nine other children with ASD. Now Ryan is able to read and understand many of his visuals are text. Photographic visuals are a very powerful tool for learning and communication. To be truly effective their use has to be taught and used correctly along with an understanding on how the mind of a child with ASD works. It also requires a one hundred percent effort and commitment from everyone involved with the child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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