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Video of the Week: Narrative Skills in Students with ASD

July 15, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Narrative Skills in Students with ASD

As much as we love working with beginning communicators and helping to create a solid foundation of early language, it’s also important for SLPs to be skilled in building higher level language skills. In this post, we hear from Dr. Paola Colozzo, assistant professor in the Audiology and Speech Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Our video today is from UBC’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) and provides a wonderful overview of narrative skills and intervention for people with autism.

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Narrative Assessment and People who Use AAC

March 16, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Narrative Assessment and People who Use AAC

This month, we’ve been talking about building narrative skills in our AAC clients. We tried to build the case that including narrative language goals in our intervention allows us to help people who use AAC to participate more fully in social exchanges, relay more in-depth information, and achieve greater academic success. But how do we know where to start in narrative intervention? And how do we measure progress? In this post, we share some thoughts on the assessment of narrative language in AAC. Most test batteries that assess narrative language are designed to take a snapshot of what the learner has already mastered in terms of telling personal narratives, story retelling, or scripts. This allows us to look beyond MLU, morphology, and grammar and can be useful in determining whether intervention is needed. Some scholars, however, have noted the limitations of this “one shot” approach, particularly for learners whose communication... [Read More...]

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Narrative Skills for People With AAC Needs

March 2, 2013 by - 9 Comments

Narrative Skills for People With AAC Needs

This month, we’ll share some thoughts about helping people with AAC needs develop narrative skills. Why narrative skills? Because they help us connect to one another and communication learning works best when we feel connected. Among other things, storytelling helps us relate to one another. Narrative language is important for reading and writing skills to develop. It helps us understand the world and ourselves. In telling our stories, we establish our identities. Plus, it’s part of what makes life fun. In the US, pediatric therapists are having lots of conversations about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA), and how they relate to the IEP goals of the students that they serve.  Many of the goals in the ELA speaking domain require students to be able to summarize what they hear and read, so it is no surprise that SLPs are prioritizing narrative language and related... [Read More...]

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