Insights into Sensory World of NonVerbal Individuals With Autism Therapists often become frustrated because a nonverbal individual with autism does not quickly learn how to use an augmentative communication device. Two individuals who can type independently describe chaotic sensory experiences with fragmented perception. Screening out background stimuli is difficult and they may perceive shape and color separately. To understand ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Insights into Sensory World of NonVerbal Individuals With Autism
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  • Temple Grandin
    Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2013
Insights into Sensory World of NonVerbal Individuals With Autism
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 139-142. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.139
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 139-142. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.139
Abstract

Therapists often become frustrated because a nonverbal individual with autism does not quickly learn how to use an augmentative communication device. Two individuals who can type independently describe chaotic sensory experiences with fragmented perception. Screening out background stimuli is difficult and they may perceive shape and color separately. To understand the cause and effect, that pressing a key produces a letter, or touching a picture gets a desired food, may take many repetitions. It may take time for patients to learn how the device works. Some of the sensory symptoms resemble stroke patients.

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