Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC

Pat Mirenda & Teresa Iacono, Eds
480 pages

ISBN 1557669538

For children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can have a tremendous positive impact on communication, social skills, and behavior.  Editors Pat Mirenda and Teresa Iacono partner with more than 30 other experts, including the Institute on Disability's own Michael McSheehan, Rae Sonnenmeier, and Cheryl Jorgensen, to give readers in-depth information on a wide range of evidence-based AAC methods and technologies.  Through clear and compelling examinations of research studies, professionals will discover how these AAC interventions can be used to promote children's natural speech and language development, expand literacy skills, modify challenging behavior, build children's social interaction skills, and help adolescents and adults develop strong social networks within their community.  Essential for SLPs, OTs, PTs, educators, and other direct service providers, this book gives readers a complete understanding of the diverse AAC options- knowledge they can use to help people with ASDs develop the communication and social skills they need to succeed.