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Tri-State Webinar: Teaching Advanced Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism using Speech Generating Devices
Approximately 30% of individuals diagnosed with autism fail to develop vocal communication. For these individuals, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems such as manual signs, picture exchange communication system (PECS), and speech generating devices (SGD) are often used. Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of selection-based pictorial systems to promote functional communication. With the increased affordability and accessibility of mobile devices, the demand for high-tech SGDs by parents to use for communication has also increased. Resources now exist to aid clinicians in transitioning from picture communication systems to high-tech SGDs. However, there is a dearth of research on strategies to teach advanced verbal behavior using SGDs. This presentation will cover a series of studies examining procedures to teach mands for information, intraverbals to report past behaviors, and tacts of noun-verb combinations to non-vocal children with autism. Considerations and complications when teaching these skills using high-tech SGDs will be discussed.

Learner Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants will:
1. Describe procedures to promote reporting past events to children with ASD using SGDs.
2. Describe the use of Matrix Training to promote novel noun-verb combinations.
3. Describe methods to establish discriminated mands for information using SGDs.

Mar 2, 2022 03:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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