Using Visual Scene Displays to Improve Communication and Communication Instruction in Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorders AAC, and particularly the application of Visual Scene Displays (VSD), lend themselves well to supporting communication and communication growth for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). VSD were described comprehensively for the first time in Augmentative Communication News (Blackstone, 2004). According to that issue “…. VSDs portray events, people, ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2006
Using Visual Scene Displays to Improve Communication and Communication Instruction in Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorders
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  • Howard C. Shane
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2006
Using Visual Scene Displays to Improve Communication and Communication Instruction in Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorders
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2006, Vol. 15, 8-13. doi:10.1044/aac15.1.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2006, Vol. 15, 8-13. doi:10.1044/aac15.1.8
AAC, and particularly the application of Visual Scene Displays (VSD), lend themselves well to supporting communication and communication growth for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). VSD were described comprehensively for the first time in Augmentative Communication News (Blackstone, 2004). According to that issue “…. VSDs portray events, people, actions, objects and activities against the backgrounds in which they occur or exist” (p. 4). The clinical application of VSDs is a departure from the more traditional application of the grid screen approach, which tends to divide a screen or page into various numbers of target areas. VSDs have an intuitive appeal because they create a meaningful context. They provide a number of possible applications across a wide range of populations who have difficulty with communicating and learning. This paper focuses on applications with people with autism spectrum disorders.
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