Autism Support Groups: Speak Out! / How People with Autism Achieve Independent Communication; Syracuse Summer Conference 2012

Our previous post in the 2012 ICI Autism Summer Institute series, Autism Support Groups: Practicing Message-Passing Skills In FC; Syracuse University Summer Conference 2012, discussed discussed the importance of facilitated communication (FC) users developing the ability to convey unknown information to another person via supported typing.

Co-hosted by Syracuse University School of Education’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disabilities, the Autism Summer Institute is an annual conference that brings together FC typers, parents, facilitators/trainers, and educators for an educational and engaging journey, with workshops, presentations, panels and more. The host site alternates between Syracuse, NY and Durham, NH; Syracuse University’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion will host the 2014 Autism Summer Institute.

Presentation: Speak Out! (Strand A4)

Presenter: Darlene Hanson, Master Trainer
This interactive session will share some current research on how to think about speech development and then look at strategies to develop and enhance the use of purposeful speech. Participants will have opportunities to problem solve some of their speech needs.

Download Support Material: Speak Out! Worksheet Handout (PDF opens in new window)
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Presentation: “I Just Had to Go for It”: How People with Autism Achieve Independent Communication (Strand A5)

Presenter: Christine Ashby, Assistant Professor, School of Education at Syracuse University, Director of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion

In this presentation, Christy Ashby, Director of the ICI, discussed the best practice strategies used to teach people with autism to point and eventually type independently to communicate. Based on data from two studies and input from numerous individuals who type to communicate, systematic strategies of providing communicative, physical, and emotional support were demonstrated through the use of video analysis. Steps for implementing best practice were also discussed.

Topics covered included:
  • Movement Differences – New Research: Movement disturbance can clearly have a profound effect on a person’s ability to regulate movement in order to effectively communicate, relate, and participate with others. It becomes necessary to suspend absolute trust in one’s intuitive interpretation of actions and intent.
  • Overview of Steps to Independent Typing
  • Basic Principles for Facilitators
  • Strategies for Supporting Movement and Rhythm
  • Tools for Independence

Download Support Material:
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Next: Strand A6, Behavior is Communicative…But There Is More to Say than “I Am Mad”
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Save the Dates July 28-30 for 2014 Autism Summer Institute:
Envisioning the Future: A New Disability Narrative

The Syracuse University School of Education is pleased to announce that the ICI will be hosting this year’s Summer Institute on July 28-30, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. You can pre-register on the ICI website to be notified when conference registration opens.
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