Challenge Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty with communication – approximately 20% of children with ASD may not use speech as their primary mode of communication. For these individuals, AAC can support communication for social participation, academic learning, and language development. Research has shown that children with ASD can learn to use AAC […]
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We have developed a variety of free web resources, including Websites The Early Intervention for Young Children website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs . The Literacy Website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners […]
Challenge Like all individuals, adolescents who require AAC face important challenges as they transition from high school into adult life. Key transition goals include: having a safe and supportive place to live participating in meaningful activities maintaining access to needed services developing friendships and intimate relationships In addressing these goals, many young adults who require […]
Challenge Literacy skills are tremendously important in today’s society; they provide a means to enhance education, improve employment opportunities, develop social relationships, access the Internet, foster personal expression, and provide enjoyable leisure activities. Literacy skills are even more important for individuals who have complex communication needs and have limited speech. Being able to read and […]
The overall mission of the Penn State AAC research program is to foster communicative competence, enhance participation, and improve the quality of life for individuals with complex communication needs and their families. Consumers who require AAC and their families are actively involved in all of our research projects. Our research considers issues for individuals with […]
This edited text provides strategies for supporting successful transitions to adult life for individuals who use AAC. The book includes a series of chapters on common goals for individuals who require AAC – many of the chapters are co-written by individuals with complex communication needs.