Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home
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p>By Linda A. Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP ©1995.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home is the most comprehensive book that explains the use of visual strategies to improve communication for students with autism spectrum disorders and other students who experience moderate to severe communication impairments. It is full of easy to use techniques and strategies that will help these students participate more effectively in social interactions and life routines.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is a ground-breaking resource that contains dozens of beautifully illustrated and well described visual supports. Included are an exceptional collection of practical ideas and techniques filled with creative strategies for improving the behavior and communication of students with autism, ADHD, cognitive impairments, language and learning disabilities.
It is the perfect how to book designed to assist teachers, SLP's and parents in devising solutions to the communication and self management challenges that are common in these students.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is a must have resource for teachers, parents, speech therapists and anyone who works or lives with students with autism spectrum disorders or other communication challenges. The strategies in this book have application for students with a variety of disability labels and special needs.
A major areas of difficulty for students with autism spectrum disorders is the development of social and communication skills. Communication breakdowns can be a root cause of problems in social interaction, educational performance, and behavior. While it is common for educational programming to focus on developing communication skills, which focus in most settings tends to be directed toward developing the student's expressive communication. Comparatively little attention is directed toward increasing the student's ability to understand the communication in his life. This book demonstrates why an inability to effectively take in and understand information can be a significant factor in these student’s performance.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication, contains numerous easy to use systems and strategies that have proven to help students significantly improve their ability to understand, express themselves, participate in home and school routines and improve overall behavior.It is commonly recognized that communication is one of the primary areas of difficulty for persons who experience autism. Understanding the communication of others, trying to figure out what is happening or not happening, handling changes and transitions, and interpreting cues and signals in the environment can all be areas of difficulty for this population. Organizing, sequencing, and remembering what to do or when to do it can all cause problems. Stepping out of familiar environments and routines increases stress. The frustration of not understanding can lead students to ritual and rigidity and a lack of flexibility with change. In the midst of these areas of difficulty, it is recognized that most individuals who experience autism display a relative strength in visual skills. Capitalizing on that strength, the use of visual strategies to support communication has provided the structure necessary to substantially alter many problem situations.
The first goal when working with students on the spectrum is to create an environment that supports communication and makes communication breakdowns less likely to occur. This is accomplished in part by developing a system of visual tools and aids to increase communication effectiveness. Schedules, aids to give directions, and aids to give information, and aids to establish and communicate rules are tools designed to increase the student's understanding of what is happening around him. A second goal, improving student independence and participation, is met with the presence of visual tools.Included in Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is a comprehensive collection of visual tools that have proven successful with students of varying ages and ability levels. It contains:
• Lots of samples and examples of visual tools and how to use them.
• Tons of ideas for improving communication in school and home environments.
•Assessment for community participation.
•Guide for planning communication tools.
• Plenty of ideas for integrating visual strategies into the student's lives.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is a must have resource for teachers, communication specialists, parents, and others who work with students on the autism spectrum. (Softcover; 230 pages.)