Aided Augmentative Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Jennifer B. Ganz

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction and Overview

  3. Interventions and Techniques to Provide Aided AAC for People with ASD

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Jennifer B. Ganz, Ee Rea Hong
      Pages 55-75
    3. Jennifer B. Ganz, Ee Rea Hong
      Pages 77-93
    4. Jennifer B. Ganz, Ee Rea Hong
      Pages 95-111
  4. Controversial Issues in AAC

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Jennifer B. Ganz, Whitney Gilliland
      Pages 127-138
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-141

About this book


Just as autism is a continuum of disorders, it is associated with a broad range of neurodevelopmental, social, and communication deficits. For individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has a major impact on their daily lives, often reducing the occurrence of challenging behaviors.

Aided Augmentative Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a practical guide to the field, offering readers a solid grounding in ASD, related complex communication needs (CCN), and AAC, especially visual and computer-based technologies. Widely used interventions and tools in AAC are reviewed—not just how they work, but why they work—to aid practitioners in choosing those most suited to individual clients or students. Issues in evaluation for aided AAC and debates concerning its usability round out the coverage. Readers come away with a deeper understanding of the centrality of communication for clients with ASD and the many possibilities for intervention.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • AAC and assessment of people with ASD and CCN.
  • Interdisciplinary issues and collaboration in assessment and treatment.
  • AAC intervention mediated by natural communication partners.
  • Functional communication training with AAC.
  • The controversy surrounding facilitated communication.
  • Sign language versus AAC.

Aided Augmentative Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an essential resource for clinicians/practitioners, researchers, and graduate students in such fields as child and school psychology, speech pathology, language education, developmental psychology, behavior therapy, and educational technology.


AAC and autism spectrum disorders ASD and communication skills Aided language stimulation Assessment and treatment of ASD Augmentative and alternative communication Challenging behaviors and autism Complex communication needs and ASD Computerized communication devices and autism FCT and AAC Facilitated communication Functional communication training with aided AAC Manual sign language PECS and ASD Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) SGDs and autism spectrum disorders Speech-generating devices and ASD Speech-language pathology and ASD VOCA and autism spectrum disorders

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer B. Ganz
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0813-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0814-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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