Communication Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches for the Nonspeaking

Communication Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches for the Nonspeaking

by Edlyn Vallejo Peña (Editor)


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Ten autistic self-advocates share their experiences with alternative forms of communication such as rapid prompting method (RPM) and facilitated communication (FC), both highly controversial. Their narratives document the complexities that autistic individuals navigate—in both educational and community settings—when choosing to use approaches that utilize letter boards and keyboards. While the controversies remain—RPM requires further scientific study, and FC is subject to criticism about confirmation bias—these individuals share powerful stories in the context of aiming for disability rights. The book concludes with a chapter about best practices for educators, particularly for schools and colleges that have students who use these communication methods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476678917
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2019
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 1,178,596
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edlyn Vallejo Peña is an associate professor of higher education leadership and the director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. She has published over two dozen journal articles and book chapters in the fields of education and disability.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: From Confession to Declaration Edlyn Vallejo Pena, PH.D. 5

Section 1 Escaping The Institutionalization Mindset

1 Finding My Voice Through Typing Tracy Thresher 27

2 Popular in the Movies: Larry Bissonnette Becomes Writer of His Life Story Larry Bissonnette 41

3 Defiantly Reclaiming My Right to Learn Amy Sequenzia 51

Section 2 A Movement Toward Full Inclusion

4 Not Talking Is Not the Same as Not Thinking Ido Kedar 69

5 Relentless Hope Samuel Capozzi 83

6 Letter by Letter Dillan Barmache 95

Section 3 Triumphs And Obstacles In Navigating The Educational Maze

7 Expectations Henry Frost 115

8 I Am Emma Emma Zurcher-Long 129

9 Write to Be Heard Philip Reyes 143

10 I Have My Voice Rhema Russell 155

Conclusion: Research-Based Recommendations for Educators and Therapists Edlyn Vallejo Pena, Ph.D. 167

Appendix: Examples of Approved Augmentative and Alternative Communication Accommodations by U.S. Schools That Have Enrolled Students Who Type and Spell to Communicate 191

Glossary 193

RPM and FC Resources 195

References 197

Index 201

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