It is estimated that up to 65 percent of children diagnosed with autism experience moderate to severe difficulties with language. As such, language and communication impairments are among the most common concerns of parents about their children with ASD. Ranking among some of the top communication priorities reported by parents is the ability to describe events and feelings, answer questions appropriately, and ask others for information. Interventions based in applied behavior analysis have been shown effective in promoting language and communication skills in this population. However, strategies to promote complex social communication, particularly with children with more significant language challenges, are lacking. While typically developing children demonstrate adult-like language production by age 5 and use novel and flexible communication across a variety of topics, children with ASD often have difficulty with more complex language that has not been directly taught. This presentation will cover a series of clinical studies aimed at promoting mands for information, recalling past events, and showing and sharing with peers using a variety of strategies, such as rehearsal, visual and textual prompts, and manipulating motivating operations. Procedures to promote vocal responding as well as use of high-tech AAC devices will be presented.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania