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Rising to New Heights of Communication and Learning for Children with Autism By Carol L. Spears and Vicki L. Turner

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Children with pervasive developmental disorders often do not learn from conventional methods, which can result in social isolation, behavior problems, limitations in communication, and slow academic growth. Greater integration into home and school activities, improved behavior and academic success can be achieved using alternative-augmentative communication (AAC), and this book explains exactly how to make it happen.

Exploring the various communication and intervention options available and offering straightforward techniques and strategies for using them effectively, this book clearly explains everything families, teachers, therapists and other professionals need to know in order to improve a child's communication, behavior, social and academic skills. Chapters follow a consistent, user-friendly format, answering the questions Who, What, Why, How, Where and When about every technique.

This book will be essential reading for anyone looking to improve social interaction between children with pervasive developmental disorders and those around them.

'This easy to read book provides practical guidance into visual methods of supporting communication land learning for children with autism. It contains several useful diagrams and the layout is consistent... this is a good value, informative book. It would be a useful introductory resource for speech and language therapists and students, and would also be beneficial for families and other professionals.'

- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

'By providing a thorough overview of augmentative and alternative communication and visual strategies, this book explores the many communication options and possible interventions and provides specific guidance for using them successfully...This book is essential for families, teachers, therapists and professionals who seek to improve communication between children with PDD's and their relatives'

- Handicap's Info

Introduction. Part 1: Alternative-Augmentative Communication Methods. Chapter 1. Speech Generating Devices (SGD). Chapter 2. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Chapter 3. Symbolic Language Systems. Part 2: Strategies to Support Learning. Chapter 4. Visual Supports. Chapter 5. Social Stories. Chapter 6. Structured Environments. Part 3: Resources. Chapter 7. Information on Related Topics. Appendix 1: National Organizations. Appendix 2: Goals and Objectives.


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