Angelman Syndrome: Communication, Educational and Related Considerations

Fostering Communication Skills in Beginning Communicators

Author(s): Jeff Sigafoos, Vanessa A. Green, Robert Didden, Mark F. O`Reilly, Giulio E. Lancioni and Peter B. Marschik

Pp: 131-163 (33)

Doi: 10.2174/9781681081168115010010

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This chapter aims to describe communication assessment and intervention strategies for individuals with Angelman syndrome (AS) who are at the beginning stages of communication development. The chapter begins with a description of beginning communicators. This is followed by an overview of research that has investigated the forms and functions of pre-symbolic behavior (i.e., beginning communication skills) among individuals with AS. Assessment procedures for identifying pre-symbolic forms and functions are outlined. The final section describes intervention approaches for enhancing the effectiveness of pre-symbolic behavior and fostering the transition from pre-symbolic to symbolic communication.

Keywords: Angelman syndrome, Augmentative and alternative communication, Beginning communicators, Enhancement approach, Interpretive approach, Presymbolic communication, Replacement approach.

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