Applying Technology to Visually Support Language and Communication in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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- Shane, H.C., Laubscher, E.H., Schlosser, R.W. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 1228. doi:10.1007/s10803-011-1304-z
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The burgeoning role of technology in society has provided opportunities for the development of new means of communication for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This paper offers an organizational framework for describing traditional and emerging augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology, and highlights how tools within this framework can support a visual approach to everyday communication and improve language instruction. The growing adoption of handheld media devices along with applications acquired via a consumer-oriented delivery model suggests a potential paradigm shift in AAC for people with ASD.