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April 30, 2018

Communication Intervention for Children with Autism: A Review of Treatment Efficacy

For children with Autism, there are a variety of ways to support emerging language skills. One of these strategies is called “Total Communication.” Essentially, this is a style of communication that incorporates sign language paired with verbal language. Review of the Literature about Total Communication Findings from multiple studies in the meta-review completed by Howard… Read more »

March 6, 2018

Graphic Organizers and Reading Comprehension

Research has shown that children with Autism  Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties with reading comprehension. It is difficult for them to answer literal comprehension questions such as, “Where did the character go?” and “What did the character do?” Not only is it difficult for children with ASD but also for children with Developmental Language Delay… Read more »

March 26, 2017

Simplifying Speech: What Does the Research Say?

When working with children with limited language, we often simplify our language to use as a language model.  But how simple should our language be? Can language be modeled too simplistically? We have all heard children use phrases such as “my turn slide,” “doggie go,” or “look car,” but we wouldn’t think that was unusual…. Read more »

March 16, 2017

Attention: Critical Foundation to Building Communication Skills

One of the foundational skills needed for communication development is attention.  Attention can be broken down into different categories. By addressing attention, we can ultimately target joint attention, the shared attention between two individuals, a critical component for the development of language. Categories of attention The three broad categories that Patten and Watson (2011) categorized… Read more »

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