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Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome


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Introduction. Part 1: Definitions, theories and hypotheses. 1. Communication. Language. Speech. 2. Language acquisition: The theories. 3. From sensations to concepts: Via different routes. 4. Cognitive styles and functions in autism. 5. Autistic culture? 6. What language are they speaking? Part 2: Language characteristics, learning styles and development in autism. 7. Language learning styles. 8. Speech and language development in non-autistic and autistic children. 9. Impairments of social communication and language peculiarities specific to autism. 10. Fluent speakers. So what's the problem? Part 3: Key strategies to enhance communication in autism. 11. Communication/language assessment strategies. Communication profile. 12. Communication environment and interaction styles. 13. Selecting communication systems. 14. Teaching communication. Conclusion. Glossary. References. Subject index. Author index.

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A theoretical understanding on communication and language impairments in Autism

About the Author

Olga Bogdashina, MSc (Education), MA (Autism), PhD (Linguistics) has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures around the world. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism, Doncaster, UK. She has a teenage autistic son.


Bogdashina challenges our understanding of autism and what the artistic community needs from us. Rather than insisting that they meet us on our terms, she asserts that we should be ready to respect and meet theirs. No longer relying soley on our interpretations of their needs, this notion is reinforced by their own requests. This is certainly the strength of Bogdashina's book. Clearly written in approachable language, Bogdashina's book is certainly suitable for parents, educators and students, while still being penetrating enough for an academic audience as well. -- Metapsychology
Bogdashina revises linguistic theories and normal child language development. The main discussion is that autistic people have a sensory language, whereas the rest of us have a linguistic one. She expands on how sensory perception difficulties affect learning. She reviews current popular interventions (PECS, signing, Lovaas). 'What they say' paragraphs are enlightening quotes from autistic people, an illustrations by autistic people make it very readable. -- Speech and Language Therapy Practice
Another great book by Olga Bogdashina. This is not just a book about communication issues in Autism, it is a book about language, learning, intelligence and culture. It is open minded and thoughtful throughout, repeatedly emphasising the two way nature of communication and not just focussing on how to make autistic people do all the work like so many books do. The book is in three parts, the first looking mainly at theories of language and intelligence, the second at characteristics, learning styles and development in autism, and the third and final part examines strategies to enhance communication'. -- Asperger
This book is to help professionals and parents to understand people with autism. The author views autistic individuals as having a different language and culture which we must interpret. She asks: `Why do we always think that it is us who have to teach autistic people? If we want to grow together, we have to learn from them.The 'What They Say' sections enables readers to see through the eyes of autistic individuals. The `What Can We Do To Help' sections give strategies to develop communication skills in autistic individuals. There are also many examples which show differences in perception, thinking, language and communication. -- Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin

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