Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication
by Dr. Karen Coulter
What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)? Simply put, it is a tool. According to the Oxford online dictionary, a tool is 'device or implement used to carry out a particular function.' As a tool, the purpose or function of AAC is to augment a message or provide an alternative means for communicating when natural speech is not a functional option. If a child or adult is unable to communicate using natural speech alone some form of AAC should be provided to support the most effective, interactive communication possible. With this said, there are several of guidelines to bear in mind. Article Continued..
Using Video Modeling to Enhance the Learning Process
by Laura Ferguson M.Ed., BCBA
Modeling is an important part of the learning process. Modeling allows individuals to see what is expected of them and then practice the behavior. Individuals who are visual learners may acquire new skills more rapidly when the desired behaviors are demonstrated for them. With so many different types of technology resources out there, modeling has become an even more accessible way to demonstrate targeted skills. One type of modeling that has been effective is video modeling. Article Continued...
Three Benefits of Social Networks for ASD Support Groups
by Diandre Glover Thomas
Parents of children with autism are often isolated from their peers while managing issues with their children that range from coping with a diagnosis to transitioning into adulthood. Although support groups provide parents with a network of individuals who are understanding of issues related to autism finding time to talk with parents outside of those meetings may be a challenge. Online communities and social networks can provide parents with a way to reach out to other parents at a time that is convenient for them. There are three primary benefits of starting or joining an existing online community or social network. Article Continued...
It's Better to Know
by Rebecca Grau
"It's Better to Know" is a new a bi-lingual fotonovela developed by the Organization for Autism Research with funding provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign. Available in both English and Spanish,the novella was designed to complement campaign materials regarding developmental milestones. In the tradition of the fotonovella,"It's Better to Know" depicts a family's concerns regarding the development of their son. Readers are given general information about developmental milestones and how to share concerns about development from several perspectives. The message of the novella is to trust your instincts. If you have concerns about your child's development, the best thing to do is talk with your doctor.
At home, what type of tablet does your child use?
Is this also used at school?
What is the tablet used primarily used for?
What is your child's favorite app?
Question: I just bought an Ipad. Where can I find apps for my son with autism?
Answer: There are many ipad apps available that are for autism specific needs and sorting through those apps can be daunting. Creating goals and understanding what you are trying to achieve with the ipad app may help you in the decision making process. Here is an article on About.com for Assistive Technology that has a list of five ipad apps for autism that are available and you can find more apps on this spreadsheet of ipad apps and resources for people with autism.
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Diandre Glover Thomas
Insight on Autism, Editor