Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Diane L. Williams
Lori J. Marra
Sarah E. Wallace
AAC, Aided Language Stimulation, Autism, Picture Communication Symbols, Semantic Intervention
The use of aided language stimulation in the context of a semantically-based therapeutic approach was studied using a single-subject design with a 7-year-old child with autism spectrum disorder who was minimally verbal. Techniques for increasing word retrieval (e.g., the repeated modeling of a small number of target words/symbols) were used in theme-based sessions in conjunction with modeling the use of picture symbols. Overall, the intervention had a small effect on the child's production of single spoken words, but had a large effect on her production of picture symbol combinations and spoken word + picture symbol combinations. No specific effect for word retrieval strategies occurred. The child produced the highest number of spoken words during a facilitated play condition. The structure of the sequenced procedure and book sharing conditions facilitated her production of semantic combinations. The participant communicated more conceptual knowledge through spoken words + picture symbols than by words alone.
Hall, A. (2014). Semantically-Based Therapeutic Approach Through Aided Language Stimulation in a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/618