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Improving literacy outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and limited speech – Webcast

This free webcast provides information on effective instructional procedures to teach literacy skills to individuals with ASD and limited speech. The webcast includes both detailed instructional procedures, as well as case examples (including videoclips) of  reading and writing instruction with children and adolescents with ASD.The webcast provides information on how to teach key literacy skills, including phonological awareness skills, […]

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Introduction to the use of AAC for children with complex communication needs – Webcast

This introductory level webcast on “AAC and Children” (20 minutes) by Kathy Drager, Janice Light, and David McNaughton (Penn State University) is designed as an introduction to the use of AAC. It focuses on ways to provide communication opportunities, model the use of AAC, pause, respond to the child, and most of all, to have […]

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Effects of AAC interventions on communication and language for young children with complex communication needs – Publication

Drager, K., Light, J., & McNaughton, D. (2011). Effects of AAC interventions on communication and language for young children with complex communication needs. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 3, 303-310. (full text) Children with complex communication needs (CCN) who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are at considerable risk in many aspects of their development: […]

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AAC professionals from Poland visit Penn State

Penn State was proud to host two speech-language pathologists from Poland during the week of November 7, 2011.  Aldona Mysakowska-Adamczyk, from Warsaw, and Alina Smyczek, from Krakow, were hosted at Penn State through the Hintz Children’s Communicative Competence Endowment.  Aldona and Alina described the cultural background and current state of AAC in Poland.  They lectured […]

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AAC internet training for para-educators – research

Special Education Doctoral Candidate Sarah Douglas presented her dissertation research on “Online training for paraeducators to support the communication of young children with complex communication needs”. Sarah’s research examined the use of an internet training package, including a strategy to engage children in interactive play, and example videos, on the communication support behaviors of para-educators. […]

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