Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Learners With Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's syndrome (AS), one of the developmental disorders on the autism spectrum, is characterized by deficits in the areas of social interaction and communication, and restricted patterns of behavior or interests. Motor challenges as well as adaptive behavior deficits are also foundational to the disorder. According to the American ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2007
Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Learners With Asperger's Syndrome
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Brenda Smith Myles
    Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities, Cincinnati, OH
  • Lynn Dudek
    Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities, Cincinnati, OH
  • Hyo Jung Lee
    University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2007
Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Learners With Asperger's Syndrome
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2007, Vol. 16, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac16.4.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2007, Vol. 16, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac16.4.3
Asperger's syndrome (AS), one of the developmental disorders on the autism spectrum, is characterized by deficits in the areas of social interaction and communication, and restricted patterns of behavior or interests. Motor challenges as well as adaptive behavior deficits are also foundational to the disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association (2000), individuals with AS do not have delayed language and cognitive development, yet manifest challenges in social skills and social understanding. Impairment in social interaction may include inappropriate eye contact or posture, narrow interests, limited initiation of interaction with others, lack of sense of humor, and tendency to interrupt others' conversation. Even though many individuals with AS desire social interactions with others, they often fail to develop relationships because of their lack of skills in this area.
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