This Revised & Updated edition of this bestseller is the most comprehensive book to explain the use of visual strategies to improve communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and others who experience moderate to severe communication challenges. It is full of easy to use techniques and strategies that will help these students participate more effectively in social interactions and life routines.
This update includes additions in four major areas that have evolved since the original version was published. First, we have even more research that confirms the specific learning challenges common to students with ASD and how visual supports provide benefit for those students.
Second, we continue to discover even more ways to use visual tools and supports to help students become successful. This volume will help the reader discover even more possibilities for implementing visual strategies.
In this edition you’ll find some updated resources including technology, video and picture options.
Who is this book for?
Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, parents and other people who work and live with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or related communication challenges. The strategies in this book have application for students with a variety of disability labels and special needs.
“. . an excellent resource. . .it has been exactly what we needed . . . the specific examples assisted us to develop some very creative systems that have been highly effective for many of our students. The information and specifics can be used by a beginner or a more experienced service provider. . . .This is a resource that should be on every Speech-Language Pathologist’s shelf.”
“. . .Students with autism or similar problems . . . .may learn differently from other people, and a much overlooked means of communicating to these students is through a highly visual system. . .Visual Strategies for Improving Communication takes over where other education books leave off, by explaining in detail the importance of visual communication for people with learning, sensory, and processing difficulties. . . .This is a book that was needed yesterday, and is a must have for anyone who works with people who have learning and developmental disabilities. . . . .”
“Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is an essential resource. It is unique in its clarity, practicality and creativity. As a researcher and clinician who has focused on understanding the unique learning and communication styles of students with autism, I enthusiastically recommend this book to professionals and parents at every opportunity. Through this volume, Linda Hodgdon has made a significant difference for children and their families.”
—Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Author: Uniquely Human
“Firmly grounded in theory and research, Hodgdon’s book is unique in the sheer volume of intervention strategies, examples and illustrations it contains. It is well organized, easy to follow, and reader friendly. . . This book is a ‘must have’. . .”
—Kathleen S. Pistono, Ph.D., Speech & Language Consultant
About the Author:
Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies to support communication for students with the communication, behavior or social skill challenges that are common in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As an author, speaker and consultant, she has become well known world wide for her very practical information and strategies that guide communication partners to develop effective communication relationships with their children with autism.
With a focus on communication, Linda’s books and training programs are packed with “best-practices” and proven strategies for helping individuals from young children with autism through adults with Asperger’s participate more effectively in their life opportunities.