The View From an Allied Professional: A Team's Journey and Lessons Learned Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication for an Adult With Autism Working with an adult who is nonverbal has taught team members important lessons to apply to individuals with autism spectrum disorder to help them become competent communicators. A case study of a young adult who has autism and an intellectual disability who receives services at home and in a clinic ... Article
Article  |   June 18, 2018
The View From an Allied Professional: A Team's Journey and Lessons Learned Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication for an Adult With Autism
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  • Merle J. Crawford
    Occupational Therapist, Special Educator, and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, Private Practice, Hummelstown, PA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Part 2
Article   |   June 18, 2018
The View From an Allied Professional: A Team's Journey and Lessons Learned Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication for an Adult With Autism
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 46-54. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.46
History: Received November 19, 2017 , Revised February 10, 2018 , Accepted March 26, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 46-54. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.46
History: Received November 19, 2017; Revised February 10, 2018; Accepted March 26, 2018

Working with an adult who is nonverbal has taught team members important lessons to apply to individuals with autism spectrum disorder to help them become competent communicators. A case study of a young adult who has autism and an intellectual disability who receives services at home and in a clinic is presented by an allied health professional. A history of unaided and aided augmentative and alternative communication systems explored with the young man is discussed as well as the importance of motivation, communicative intent, initiation, gesture use, prompt dependence, generalization, and the sequence of typical development. Although his communication is still limited, he continues to exhibit functional gains because of ongoing assessment and treatment of barriers to skill acquisition as well as team collaboration.

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