Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 1228–1235 | Cite as

Applying Technology to Visually Support Language and Communication in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Howard C. ShaneEmail author
  • Emily H. Laubscher
  • Ralf W. Schlosser
  • Suzanne Flynn
  • James F. Sorce
  • Jennifer Abramson
Original Paper


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.


Applying technology Computer based instruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard C. Shane
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emily H. Laubscher
    • 1
  • Ralf W. Schlosser
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suzanne Flynn
    • 1
    • 3
  • James F. Sorce
    • 1
  • Jennifer Abramson
    • 1
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital Boston, Center of Communication EnhancementWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBostonUSA

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