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Speech And Language Development In Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This course highlights the developmental differences in verbal and nonverbal communication of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Intervention strategies are described including the integration of augmentative and alternative communication systems. Participants construct communication profiles and develop strategies for integrating functional communication interventions across learning environments.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Communication Interventions

    • List available interventions to increase communication skills and promote independence for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Compare different approaches to communication intervention.
    • Identify intervention selection considerations for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Overview

    • Identify instructional technology strategies that improve student achievement by fostering functional communication across environments.
    • Identify challenges in implementing augmentative and alternative communication systems.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of communication intervention technology strategies across learning environments.
    • Apply communication intervention curriculum for students at risk across multiple content areas.

    Language Development

    • Compare typical communication development with language development among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Explain the importance and acquisition of joint attention, communicative intent, pragmatics, and nonverbal communication.

    Considerations for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

    • Describe the role of various stakeholders in the assessment process.
    • Match augmentative and alternative communication systems to characteristics of potential candidates.

    Communication Profiles

    • Describe strategies for assessing receptive and expressive communication skills.
    • Develop individualized communication profiles indicating the level of communication performance and the impact on functionality.
    • Determine intervention strategies incorporating communication profile data.


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