Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Severe Disabilities
How can educators and therapists best teach students with severe and multiple disabilities to communicate effectively? Developed by a highly ... Show synopsis How can educators and therapists best teach students with severe and multiple disabilities to communicate effectively? Developed by a highly respected expert, this practical guide has the comprehensive, research-based information professionals need to support students from preschool to high school as they learn and use communication skills. With a strong emphasis on students' need and right to communicate, this book shows readers how to analyze environments for their communicative value, assess students' communication skills, teach specific skills such as gaining attention and requesting, make informed choices about AAC, and guide peers and adults in supporting students with disabilities. In this expanded second edition, readers will also find timely new material on the connection between literacy skills and general communication skills students with disabilities learning side by side with students without disabilities the critical role of communication in strengthening social relationships national policies about the communicative rights of individuals with severe disabilities a new tool that helps connect intervention with assessment This book is accessible for both preservice and in-service professionals -- it gives readers strategies they can use throughout a typical school day, real-life case studies of students of different ages, thoughtful answers to commonly asked questions, and tables that illustrate key points and summarize the strategies in simple steps. With the new edition of this popular resource, educators and therapists will help students with disabilities realize the benefits of effective communication: less frustration, more control over their lives, and stronger bonds with friends and family.