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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Social Communication Strategies Used With Students With Autism and Related Disorders

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) demonstrate a wide range of diagnostic profiles and symptoms in the areas of communication, socialization and imagination/restricted interests. A child’s impairment in communication and social interaction has a vast impact on daily activities and in his/her relationships at school, home and in the community. Meaningful developmental progress is achieved by teaching children how to increase comprehension of social situations and to better understand how their behavior impacts those around them. We will review some techniques used to increase social communication including theory of mind exercises, picture based social stories and social conversation cue cards which teach children how to process social interactions be breaking them down into understandable parts, and how improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses. In this presentation we will also provide an overview of a systematic communication method used with some of the children in SUNY Brockport’s Swim and Gym adapted physical education program, serving children in the special education community. A look at how using social activity cue cards during reinforcing recreational activities increases children’s engagement. This presentation will be of interest to those who want to work with special education children as educators, counselors and clinicians.

Presenters: Kalie Lamirande (Undergraduate Student)
Laura Reisdorf (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Holmes
Time: 9:50 am (Session I)