ABA and Augmentative Alternative Communication

How’d they do that? – A case study on implementing a speech generating communication device using Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior for an early learner with autism

           Teri Leffler BCaBA, Clinical Director, Bright Futures Learning Services

Beverly McCoy BCBA, Assistive Technology Director, Bright Futures Learning Services

The use of speech generating devices to support communication for learners with autism is increasing.  With the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies and implementation techniques primarily driven by beliefs and experiences of clinicians, research on implementation techniques utilizing Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior are limited (Light et. al. 2018).  This case study will provide a brief overview of research finding related to implementation of AAC for learners with autism before providing a detailed case history of an early learner in an intensive applied behavior analysis program.

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