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Five Things to Consider When Developing AAC Systems for Children with Autism

Session 
5.8
ST
  • Euan Robertson (DynaVox Mayer-Johnson)
Summary

Children with autism present unique needs and interests and often require direct intervention to ensure that they reach their full potential and participate to the greatest extent possible. While deficits in communication and social skills development often exist, many children with autism possess numerous strengths that enable them to successfully use augmentative communication systems. When strategies are chosen correctly, a well-developed communication system can increase participation, support language and literacy learning and provide positive behaviour supports. Through video examples and demonstration, this presentation will highlight five considerations to make when identifying the most appropriate AAC supports for children with autism.

Conclusions

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the communication ability level of children in their classrooms or on their caseloads.
  • List three ways to support social skills development through video modeling, social stories and scripting.
  • Discuss practical strategies to support literacy learning using core words and meaningful literacy experiences.
  • Describe three key benefits to providing positive behavior supports directly on the device.
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Adolescent
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