Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

AAC Interventions for Autism: A Research Summary

Nunes, D. R. P. (2008).
International Journal of Special Education, 23(2), 17-25.
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Article Details

Description

This is a review of augmentative/alternative intervention studies (both group and single-subject designs) for individuals with autism.

Questions/Aims Addressed

Question/aim not specifically stated

Population

Individuals with autism

Intervention/Assessment

Augmentative alternative communication (AAC) interventions

Number of Studies Included

56

Years Included

From 1980 to 2007


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Although the majority of studies did not compare the efficacy of AAC interventions, the following types of AAC interventions appeared to be effective for individuals with autism that were primarily nonverbal, had some degree of intellectual disability, and were over the age of 5:

  • sign language,
  • total communication,
  • visual-graphic symbols, and
  • speech generating devices.

Keywords: Age, Diagnosis/Condition, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Manual Communication, Mutimodal Communication, School-Age Children, PECS/General Picture Exchange, Young Children (Preschool), Multi-Modal Communication, Speech Generating Devices, Social Communication, Picture Cards, Speech and Language, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sign Language, Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs)

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Treatment

Although the majority of studies did not compare the efficacy of AAC interventions, the following types of AAC interventions appeared to be effective for individuals with autism that were primarily nonverbal, had some degree of intellectual disability, and were over the age of 5:

  • sign language,
  • total communication,
  • visual-graphic symbols, and
  • speech generating devices.

Keywords: Age, Diagnosis/Condition, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Manual Communication, Mutimodal Communication, School-Age Children, PECS/General Picture Exchange, Young Children (Preschool), Multi-Modal Communication, Speech Generating Devices, Social Communication, Picture Cards, Speech and Language, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sign Language, Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs)

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