Episode 22 - AAC

Despite sounding like Lunchlady Doris from the Simpsons and zoning in and out of consciousness, Rob does his best to attend to Jackie and Diana's review of articles about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  Whether using picture exchange or a speech-generating device, there's a lot to learn about how practitioners can improve the communication and vocalizations of clients using AAC.  Plus, the proper nomenclature when discussing PECS, echoics in the face of outrageous accents, using "all done" to end a showtune review, and how to mand for the popcorn that's across the table.  I think I got it.  Just play the episode again, I wasn't listening.

Special shout-out to Kate Ahern and her website, Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs for the amazing Periodic Table of AAC image in the episode thumbnail and in the post body below, as well as for being a great resource for special education technology news.

Source: Kate Ahern, Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

Source: Kate Ahern, Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

Episode 22 Preview

On this week's preview edition, we get ready for a hearty discussion of augmentative and alternative communication or AAC.  Whether high- or low-tech, these articles get at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to communication for non-vocal individuals.  And in Errata, Diana shares a wonderful email, Jackie tells us all how to make her pocket ethics charts, and Rob thanks you all for listening then demands iTunes reviews and Facebook likes so he can feel pretty.

Articles for next week:

Ganz, J.B. & Simpson, R.L.  (2004).  Effects on communicative requesting and speech development of the Picture Exchange Communication System in children with characteristics of autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 395-409.  doi: 10.1023/B:JADD.0000037416.59095.d7

Gevarter, C., O'Reilly, M.F., Kuhn, M., Mills, K., Ferguson, R., Watkins, L., Sigafoos, J., Lang, R., Rojeski, L., & Lancioni, G.E.  (2016).  Increasing the vocalizations of individuals with autism during intervention with a speech-generating device.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 17-33.  doi: 10.1002/jaba.270

Episode 4 - Novel Behavior and Lag Schedules

In this week's episode, we review articles on novel behavior.  Diana gushes over lag schedules and their effects on novel architectural features in children's play, Rob demands 21st-century learning for America, and Jackie wishes for her very own block building kit.  Then the gang gets cerebral in a discussion about creativity as behavior.  All that and the home version of the Novel Vocalizations Game!

Articles reviewed in this episode:

Goetz, E.M. & Baer, D.M. (1973).  Social control of form diversity and the emergence of new forms in children's blockbuilding.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 6, 209-217.  doi:  10.1901/jaba.1973.6-209

Cammillieri, A.P. & Hanley, G.P.  (2005).  Use of a lag differential reinforcement contingency to increase varied selections of classroom activities.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38, 111-115.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2005.34-04

Esch, J.W., Esch, B.E., & Love, J.R.  (2009).  Increasing vocal variability in children with autism using a lag schedule of reinforcement.  The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 25, 73-78.

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