Comparing Sign Language and the Picture Exchange Communication System as Effective Approaches of Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Johnston, Stephen C.
The majority of children suffering from ASDs have no verbal or behavioral communication skills. A number of approaches have been used to teach these children a method of communication. Two popular methods that have been shown to be effective in teaching children with ASD to functionally communicate are the PECS and sign language. The proposed experiment sought to compare the effectiveness of PECS and sign language on acquisition of mand as well as the development of speech. By imitating Tincani's (2004) experiment with procedural modifications, the effectiveness of PECs and sign language as efficient methods of mand acquisition and speech development were studied.
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