The following resources were developed by VKC TRIAD and provide information for promoting evidence-based practices.
AAC: Tips and Resources for Educators
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All people have fundamental communication rights to engage in communication interactions (Brady, 2016). Approximately 30% of autistic children do not use verbal speech as their primary form of communication by the time they reach school age (Tager-Flusberg & Kasari, 2013). Students with complex communication needs may need augmentative or alternative ways to communicate (AAC). Finding the most effective and efficient AAC system and supporting AAC users and partners empowers students to spontaneously communicate whatever they desire with any partner in any environment. This guide will help educators answer frequent questions related to AAC and autism.
Choice boards are a form of visual support, which is an evidence-based practice for autistic students. Visual supports are defined as a “visual display that supports the learner in engaging in a desired behavior or skills independent of additional prompts." (Steinbrenner et al, 29).
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First-then boards are a visual support that incorporate reinforcement, which is an evidence-based practice for autistic students. Reinforcement is defined as “application of consequence that happens after a skill or behavior occurs that increases the learner’s use of the skill or behavior in a future situation." (Steinbrenner et al., 112). First-then boards are based on the principle of positive reinforcement, in which reinforcement is provided to an individual or a small group to increase a desired behavior.
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A schedule is an ordered list of specific activities to be completed during a given time period. Schedules are considered an antecedent-based intervention, which is an evidence-based practice for autistic students that “include a variety of modifications that are made to the environment/context in an attempt to change or shape a learner’s behavior." (Steinbrenner et al. 63).
Types of Schedules:
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