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Friday, April 20, 2012

Autism and AAC - Cafiero, Joanne Ph.D.

Autism and Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Research-based Best Practices (watch the presentation HERE) by Joanne M Cafiero, Ph.D. is a presentation available on YouTube (48 minutes) to mark Autism Awareness month. She discusses the features & types of AAC that best correlate with ASD processing styles, lists evidence-based and promising practices in aided AAC & ASD, and demonstrates effective AAC interventions. 

Well worth the watch! (or just the listen while you're folding laundry!) A great review of autism characteristics and a presentation ripe for staff development. - Gwendolyn

 Joanne Cafiero (her website, HERE), formerly a high school science teacher is currently a special education AAC teacher. Joanne was Autism Projects Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education. She is a consulting editor and contributing author for peer-reviewed periodicals and major AT media and sits on the professional advisory board for the new national organization Autism Now and the adult autism advocacy group, AutCom. She is the author of the 1st book on autism and AAC, Meaningful Exchanges for People with Autism: An Introduction to AAC. Dr. Cafiero teaches and works with schools and families nationally and internationally.

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