This tutorial gives a useful, readable overview of things to consider when you are choosing what words to target with your AAC learners. If you’re newer to implementing AAC, or looking for articles to share with colleagues who are, this is a good resource.
Most SLPs who work with young children with autism are well-aware of the 10–40 hours per week of EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention) that’s often recommended by private practices, centers, and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). This editorial turns those recommendations upside down, pointing out that:
There is no strong evidence to show that a high level of EIBI is necessary or appropriate for all children with autism.
There is no strong evidence to show that increasing the hours of EIBI leads to better child outcomes. There simply aren’t many studies on treatment dose.
Recommending high levels of EIBI ends up excluding other educational opportunities and services the child may need (like speech–language therapy) which can be detrimental.
Overall, this editorial doesn’t advise against a high dose of ABA treatment; rather, they’re saying that recommending high doses across the board, for all children with autism, isn’t backed by the science.
Struggling with addressing the high-level language needs of your adolescents with ASD? This tutorial reviews the evidence and arguments for putting your focus on narratives. Come for the overview of narrative assessment procedures that can be useful with this population, as well as sample goals within a case study.
Speech motor chaining is a highly structured, drill-based method for treating speech sound disorders, where you quickly progress your client from syllables, to monosyllabic words, to multisyllabic words, to phrases and finally self-generated sentences (e.g. /bru/ to “broom” to “broomstick” to “fly on a broomstick”). You’ve probably done something similar in therapy, even if you didn’t call it by the same name or structure it quite in the same way. This tutorial lays out the rationale, the evidence, the procedures, and a case study for putting this treatment into practice. It’s not the easiest read, but there’s a lot to take away. For the data sheet enthusiasts among us, there’s a sample one in the appendix pre-filled with chains for initial /r/. It includes randomized cues for providing different types of feedback to support learning; Table 3 in the article explains and gives examples for the different types. The supplemental materials include a template for that data sheet, as well as a couple videos.