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Enhancing Everyday Communication for Children with Disabilities By Jeff Sigafoos, Ph.D., Michael Arthur-Kelly, Ph.D., & Nancy Butterfield, M.Ed.

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Practical and concise, this introductory guide is filled with real-world tips and strategies for anyone working to improve the communication of children with moderate, severe, and multiple disabilities. Emphasizing the link between behavior and communication, three respected researchers transform up-to-date research and proven best practices into instructional procedures and interventions ready for use at home or in school. Special educators, speech-language pathologists, behavior therapists, and parents will discover how to

  • use the authors’ included behavior assessment, the Inventory of Potential Communicative Acts, to pinpoint children’s communication skills, strengths, and intervention needs

  • create structured opportunities for communication and make the most of naturally occurring, child-directed opportunities

  • help children develop symbolic, effective, and socially appropriate forms of communication

  • be more responsive communication partners

  • interpret, enhance, and/or replace existing communicative behaviors

  • evaluate intervention plans and monitor children’s progress 

Five detailed case studies illustrate assessment, intervention, and instructional procedures for children with different strengths and needs, and a helpful review of key concepts ensures that readers fully understand the basic principles behind the strategies. Updated and expanded since its first edition, Partners in Everyday Communicative Exchanges, this invaluable research-to-practice guide is the key to effective, positive interactions between children with disabilities and their communication partners. 

Table of Contents

Authors and Contributors

  1. Key Concepts
    Jeff Sigafoos, Nancy Butterfield, and Michael Arthur-Kelly

  2. The Assessment Process
    Jeff Sigafoos, Michael Arthur-Kelly, Nancy Butterfield, and Phil Foreman

  3. Intervention Pathways
    Jeff Sigafoos, Vanessa A. Green, Nancy Butterfield, and Michael Arthur-Kelly

  4. Instructional Procedures
    Jeff Sigafoos, Michael Arthur-Kelly, and Nancy Butterfield

  5. Replacing Problem Behavior
    Jeff Sigafoos and Mark O’Reilly

  6. Monitoring Progress
    Michael Arthur-Kelly and Nancy Butterfield

  7. Case Studies
    Nancy Butterfield, Michael Arthur-Kelly, and Jeff Sigafoos

Appendix A: Inventory of Potential Communicative Acts
Appendix B: Behavior Indication Assessment Scale

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