Toward Functional Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students With Autism Manual Signs, Graphic Symbols, and Voice Output Communication Aids Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2003
Toward Functional Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students With Autism
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Pat Mirenda
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Contact author: Pat Mirenda, PhD, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada.
    Contact author: Pat Mirenda, PhD, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: pat.mirenda@ubc.ca
Article Information
Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2003
Toward Functional Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students With Autism
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 203-216. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/017)
History: Received May 1, 2002 , Accepted March 24, 2003
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 203-216. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/017)
History: Received May 1, 2002; Accepted March 24, 2003

Many individuals with autism are candidates for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, either to supplement (i.e., augment) their existing speech or to act as their primary (i.e., alternative) method of expressive communication. The purpose of this article is to summarize research and directions for future research with regard to two questions related to the delivery of AAC supports to these individuals: (a) What AAC modality is preferable to use? and (b) What do we know about the use of voice output communication aids with people with autism?

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The author is grateful to Drs. Andrew Bondy, Vince Carbone, Ralf Schlosser, and Jeff Sigafoos for input and advice related to the arguments and research presented in this article.
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