Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Language of Pictures
Photographs, checklists, cartoons, flowcharts and stick figures are commonly used as teaching tools for individuals on the spectrum who tend to think and learn visually; but the type of visual chosen for a particular individual matters. This companion book helps parents, educators and therapists understand how to match the developmental level of visual aids to the developmental level of the person looking at the visual. The proper choice of visuals is critical, as it enhances the development of language for children with autism spectrum disorders. The authors also show how effective communication can help reduce the confusion and anxiety that can lead to meltdowns.
MEET THE AUTHORS
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. Arwood team with Carole Kaulitz to create their latest AAPC published book Learning with a Visual Brain in an Auditory World: Visual Language Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
, 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.