2017 GVSU Teaching and Learning
with Technology Symposium
The Use of Communication Software to
Assist individuals with Autism
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Who: Elizabeth Von Achen, Allied Health Science Pre-Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley State University
Who: Haley Ewald, Allied Health Science Pre-Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University
Who: Hannah Hutchison, Allied Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University
Who: Dr. Julia VanderMolen, Assistant Professor-Allied Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University
When: March 22nd, 2017
Where: Grand Rapids, MI.
AbstractThe development of communication skills among individuals with autism does not follow a typical pattern. Many individuals with autism struggle with a variety of communication skills and some are nonverbal. Despite the communication challenges, an array of alternative and augmentative communication (ACC) approaches can enhance and develop communication skills. The advances in the development of mobile applications are now in the forefront of communication with individuals with nonverbal autism. These mobile applications are referred to as speech generating devices. Speech generating devices have been shown to be very effective in helping those who struggle with communication skills, including individuals with nonverbal autism. This presentation will provide information on the best practices in starting communication intervention with individuals with autism, how to effectively train individuals to use speech generating devices and the affordability of different mobile applications.
- Participants will learn about the best practices in starting a communication intervention with individuals with autism
- Participants will learn how to effectively train patients to use mobile device apps
- Participants will learn the affordability of different apps
Conference Google Slide Presentation
Session Handouts:Communication Software to Assist individuals with Autism
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van der Meer, L., Sutherland, D., O’Reilly, M. F., Lancioni, G. E., & Sigafoos, J. (2012). A further comparison of manual signing, picture exchange, and speech-generating devices as communication modes for children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6(4), 1247-1257.
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