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Informative Websites to generally discuss Autism, Language and Augmentative and Alternative Communication

A few articles regarding the Picture Exchange Communication System:

Carr D., Felce J.(2007).  Increase in production of spoken words in some children with autism after PECS teaching to phase III. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 37(4), pp. 780-787.

Frea W.D., Arnold C., Vittimberga G.L.(2001). A demonstration of the effects of augmentative communication on the extreme aggressive behavior of a child with autism within an integrated preschool setting. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. 3(4), pp. 194-198.

Sulzer-Azraroff B., Hoffman A.O., Horton C.B., Bondy A, Frost L. The Picture Exchange Commuunication Systems (PECS): What do the data say? (2009) Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24 (2), pp. 89-103.

Helpful Resource Workbooks:

Glennen, Sharon, & DeCoste, Denise C. (1997). “The Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.” San Diego: Singular Publishing Group INC

Mirenda, Pat, Ph.D,. & Iacono, Teresa, Ph.D. (Eds.). (2009). “Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC.” Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Online Articles:
Adapted from a paper by Katya Hill, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. AHSA. Retrieved on August 4, 2011 from

Politano, Patricia, Ph.D., (2009). Applying AAC Feature-based Assessment Tools and Strategies Part I. Doc Stock., Retrieved August 3, 2011 from

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  1. [...] By Carrie Slaymaker, CCC-SLP When evaluating a child with autism who is struggling to communicate, a speech-language pathologist needs to consider several factors which include the function of communication, the environments where the child will be communicating, and the reasons for the child to communicate. While speaking is the most common mode of communication, there are many forms of augmentative and alternative communication that can prove to be very effective. There is strong research behind augmentative and alternative communication systems as a mode to increase interactive and social communications. In addition, research has shown that these systems help support, not preclude verbal communication and can lead to more rapid progress. In my Lingua Health YouTube video, I outline various considerations for a speech-language pathologist to consider when recommending and implementing an augmentative or alternative communication system for children with autism. I’ve also provided a list of resources that provide more information on this topic here. [...]

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