Autism, Behavior, Communication: Made as Simple as ABC June 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm

Do you work with children with autism who struggle to communicate? Have you tried AAC and feel it is not working? We must consider the characteristics of autism and the research-based strategies for utilizing AAC. When we put these together we can be more successful. When we look at the characteristics of autism and think about repetitive actions, whether verbally or behaviorally, we need to understand how that looks when using AAC. We must remember that the purpose of the communication device is to communicate rather than demonstrate knowledge. That means each person gets to say what they want, when they want to, while maintaining agency over their body. That means others don’t force their hand to touch a button and they don’t use another person’s hand to touch buttons. It is their voice and their body. (Donaldson et al, 2023). That results in independent communication. How do we get to independent communication? Let’s look at Autism, Behavior and Communication and clarify the process of implementing AAC with this population. Join this class to accurately define what communication looks like using AAC, what changes you can make to increase functional use of the device, and what IEP goals reflect this.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will identify 3 strategies to use when a person with autism displays stimming behavior while using an AAC device.
Participants will identify 3 characteristics of autism that can impact the use of AAC and how to address each one.
Participants will learn 5 (SMART) components of an IEP goal required to measure increased functional communication using AAC.


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