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Learning With a Visual Brain in an Auditory World
Visual Language Strategies for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Even though many scholars recognize that individuals with autism spectrum disorders use visual ways of thinking, most fail to realize that a visual mental language is different from physically seeing something. This book addresses visual ways of thinking by recommending strategies that are language-based and consider the complexity of the underlying biological learning system. This unique approach can be used to provide direction for choosing the most effective assessment and intervention methods for people with ASD.


Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EdD, has been a speech-language pathologist, educator, and special educator for the past 35 years. She began working with children with autism in 1972. She is the author of five textbooks, numerous articles, chapters, and monographs, and has made hundreds of presentations in the area of learning and language. Dr. Arwood has often been referred to as a lady before her time, as she created numerous instructional ways of helping children and adults become productive academically and socially. For example, Dr. Arwood began using drawing with nonverbal students in 1971, developing it into drawn pictures, event-based pictures, cartoons and flowcharts. Today, these types of visual materials are frequently used with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. A professor at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, in the School of Education, Dr. Arwood enjoys an international reputation in learning and language, especially as it relates to students with neurogenic disabilities. 

Carole Kaulitz, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist for a public school system and also has a private practice as a speech-language pathologist, deaf/hard of hearing specialist, and autism consultant. She has worked in public school systems for more than 30 years in a variety of roles related to students with language/learning differences, deafness, and autism spectrum disorders. Her passion and expertise center on developing collaboration/ consultation communication models for educators working with students with communication differences of all ages and language/learning levels with a focus on visual strategies and social communication. Carole has extensive training in multi-methodologies related to deafness and autism, and has presented numerous workshops about visual learning systems, language/learning assessments, and strategies for learning with a visual brain across the country.

ISBN: 9781931282383

Reviews (3)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - A fantastic book. I pretty well-verse in the workings and understanding of visual thinking, and find most of the publications on visual thinking /learning among SEN students do not provide new information to my existing base of knowledge. This book was the first in a very, very long while that had me pay attention to anything on visual thinking of SEN students. In fact,I had to read it several times to get a basic understanding. Arwood's works brings the paradigm of visual thinking to a different realm altogether. It is deeply impressive. She is indeed 'a lady before her time'. My goal is to thoroughly understand the contents of this book before I move on to the other heavyweight - "Language Function: An Introduction to Pragmatic Assessment and Intervention for Higher Order Thinking and Better Literacy"
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Bibliophile - This book brings a new light to the world from the perspective of someone affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a valuable resource for parents, but especially educators. In today's classroom it is not uncommon to have a student with ASD participating in 70-100% of daily classroom activities. The book demonstrates the best way to access those learners, and the techniques presented are helpful for ALL LEARNERS. Most students today learn in much the same was as a person with ASD, though they are not affected by the same deficit in their social understanding of their world. If this method of teaching concepts is highly effective, from how to brush your teeth to how the nitrogen cycle works, why are more educators not using it in the classroom? It is a new way to think about learning concepts, and though you may need to re-read a few sections and spend some time really thinking about what is being said, it is completely worth the time.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - This is an excellent book. It was difficult for me to follow the jargon in particular; but well worth the effort. The book details from a neurological point of view how a typical child learns; and where the breakdown occurs for an autistic child; and how to bridge that gap through motor activity and visual pictures. A wonderful look inside the autistic mind and autistic behavior. This is my favorite book. I only wish that the authors would create a sort of at-home manual for parents of small children; for beginner preschoolers who do not read or write, and how to begin them down that road. There is some information in this book for that, but I would like to see a whole book written for exactly how to do it step-by-step in detail, and also entirely for laymen, with no jargon. I hope others choose to read this book and comment. I would love to know someone else's thoughts.
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