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Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scripts and Script Fading
     

Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scripts and Script Fading

by Lynn E. McClannahan
 

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For parents and professionals, this book describes a proven method to help children with autism initiate and sustain conversation through the use of written and audiotaped scripts.

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For parents and professionals, this book describes a proven method to help children with autism initiate and sustain conversation through the use of written and audiotaped scripts.

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Children's Literature - Alison Wilber
This book, targeting parents and professionals, aims to teach interaction skills, including verbal and nonverbal components, to children with autism, using a behavioral approach of scripts and script fading. The text provides simple directions and easy-to-understand strategies, supports varied ability levels, teaches adult supports that will allow the child errorless learning and provides effective data sheets and analysis tips. A script is an audiotaped or written prompt used to start or continue a conversation, and should be individualized considering a child's language development, special interests, etc. Scripts are then faded by removing words one by one from the prompt. Children can then finish their statements by verbalizing the previously-scripted words and novel phrases learned from communication partners, and combine previous scripts, etc. The authors suggest that this type of approach be used in conjunction with an activity schedule, reminding children to interact with others at specified times. Their hope is that this method will teach children to participate in social exchanges, alter others' behavior and give the child some control over his environment. This approach focuses on prompting a child's verbal expression, and does not discuss other options, such as using picture communication for children who are unable to use verbal language. Also, readers should be cautioned that this behavioral approach may not feel like a natural approach to teaching, as the authors suggest not using language in response to the child that he or she has not yet mastered, does not necessarily pair suggested skill sets with developmental language skills, prompts this language skill only atscheduled times, and suggests sample responses from conversation partners, which may be unnatural and atypical for some families. Reviewer: Alison Wilber

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606131367
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
07/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. McClannahan is Executive Director Emerita of the Princeton Child Development Institute, a community-based, nonprofit program that offers science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. She and her co-author are also the authors of Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, many journal articles, and book chapters. Their applied behavior analysis research on autism intervention is recognized both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Krantz is Executive Director Emerita of the Princeton Child Development Institute, a community-based, nonprofit program that offers science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. She and her co-author are also the authors of Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, many journal articles, and book chapters. Their applied behavior analysis research on autism intervention is recognized both nationally and internationally.

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