Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communicators on the Autism Spectrum

  • Deb Keen
  • Hedda Meadan
  • Nancy C. Brady
  • James W. Halle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Prelinguistic Communication Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Deb Keen, Hedda Meadan, Nancy C. Brady, James W. Halle
      Pages 3-7
    3. Elizabeth Crais, Billy T. Ogletree
      Pages 9-32
    4. Barbara Braddock, Nancy C. Brady
      Pages 33-49
  3. Assessment of Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. David Trembath, Teresa Iacono
      Pages 75-100
    3. Nancy C. Brady, Deb Keen
      Pages 101-119
    4. Jeff Sigafoos, Mark F. O’Reilly, Giulio E. Lancioni, Amarie Carnett, Alicia Bravo, Laura Rojeski et al.
      Pages 121-145
  4. Interventions for Prelinguistic and Minimally Verbal Communicators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Stephanie Shire, Connie Kasari, Ann P. Kaiser, Elizabeth Fuller
      Pages 149-177
    3. Joe Reichle, Jennifer Ganz, Kathryn Drager, Quannah Parker-McGowan
      Pages 179-213
    4. Hedda Meadan, Deb Keen
      Pages 215-230
    5. Deb Keen, Jessica Paynter, David Trembath, Kate Simpson
      Pages 231-250
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-260

About this book


This book draws on contemporary theory and recent findings to provide researchers, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students with essential resources, allowing them to better understand and support children, youth and adults with autism and significant communication impairments. 
The book consists of 11 chapters organized into 3 sections detailing typical and atypical prelinguistic development for individuals on the autism spectrum, together with a range of assessment and intervention approaches that clinicians and educators can draw on in practice. The book adopts a lifespan perspective, recognizing that there is an important and particularly challenging sub-group of children on the spectrum who remain minimally verbal beyond the age of 8 years. 
Each chapter summarizes current research on a selected topic, identifies key challenges faced by researchers, educators and clinicians, and considers the implications for research and practice. The concluding chapter considers issues of research translation and how educators and clinicians can encourage the use of evidence-based practices for prelinguistic and minimally verbal individuals.


Adult responsiveness Assessment of prelinguistic behaviour Augmentative and alternative communication Autism spectrum disorder Communication Interventions Communication breakdowns Complex communication needs Early Intervention Funtional assessment of problem behaviour Intentional communication Joint attention Language development Parent mediated interventions Preintentional communication Prelinguistic communication Presymbolic communition Research to practice in autism spectrum disorders Severe disability Social communication Translational research

Editors and affiliations

  • Deb Keen
    • 1
  • Hedda Meadan
    • 2
  • Nancy C. Brady
    • 3
  • James W. Halle
    • 4
  1. 1.Schl of Educational and Profess StudiesGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Special EducationUniversity of IllinoisChampaignUSA
  3. 3.University of KansasDepartment of Speech Language Hearing Sc LawrenceUSA
  4. 4.Department of Special EducationUniversity of IllinoisChampaignUSA

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