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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
Prolegomena
Augmentative Communication for Persons with Autism - PECS
Shelly Jo DeKleine and Beth Warnemuende
Spring 2004

Format
1.    Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
2.    There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
3.    Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
4.    The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
5.    While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
6.    Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!

Content
I. Introduction
A. Definition of population addressed in this presentation
1. Persons with severe sensory, motor, and cognitive impairments of various ages
2. Persons with Autism
B. Settings in which the Picture Exchange Communication System can be used   
1. Infant/Tot programs
2. Preschools
3. Self contained classrooms
4. General education classrooms
5. Adult foster care
6. Day Programs
7. In the community
C. Responsibilities of therapists servicing this population
1. Rights of children and adults with multiple disabilities
a. Laws in which these rights are articulated
II. Determining client’s readiness for using PECS and Special Considerations
A.    Motor skills assessment
B.    Inventory
A.   Cognitive Abilities
1.    Level of symbolic representation (objects vs. icons)
B.   Motoric Abilities
1.    Level of control and/or voluntary movement of muscle group(s)
C.    Sensory Impairments
1.    Modality used to select output vs. sensory modality used to respond to/receive input
III. Formulation of a communication plan for people using the Picture Exchange Communication System
A.   Who should be involved in the formulation of this plan
1.    Family Members
2.    Speech Language Pathologist
3.    Occupational Therapist
4.    Assistive Technology/Augmentative Communication Specialist
5.    Teacher/Caregiver/Employer/Aid
B.   How to implement the program
1.    The pyramid
2.    The six phases
IV. Picture Exchange Communication System Training and Certification
A. The website as a source for information
V. Conclusion
A. Recommendations for Clinical Practice

Resources
1.  Artificial Language Laboratory,. ASC, Michigan State University
2. MATR
3. Journal Articles
4. Local School Districts
5. Web sites of Organizations
6. ISAAC -- The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication