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Autism, communicative disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, speech


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Past studies have shown that the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been successful in facilitating the communication needs for individuals with autism. AAC,as defined by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, is "...a set of procedures and processes by which an individual's communication skills (i.e., production as well as comprehension) can be maximized for functional and effective communication. It involves supplementing or replacing natural speech and/or writing with aided (e.g., picture communication symbols, line drawings, Blissymbols, and tangible objects) and/or unaided symbols (e.g., manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling)". The many types of AAC systems can be beneficial for multiple communication needs. Although there is a separation of systems, many say that all communication needs are met.

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Communicative Disorders

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