Issue #44: Increasing Expressive Skills for Verbal Children with Autism
This issue of NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities series will cover the following topic:
Increasing Expressive Skills for Verbal Children with Autism
What is Communication?
Communication is a range of purposeful behavior which is used with intent within the structure of social exchanges to transmit information, observations, or internal states, or to bring about changes in the immediate environment. Verbal as well as nonverbal behaviors are included, as long as some intent, evidenced by anticipation of outcome, can be inferred. Therefore, not all vocalization or even speech can qualify as intentional communicative behavior (9).
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