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Use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and specifically, use of speech generating devices (SGDs), is underutilized to both augment and to serve as an alternative form of communication for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Though SGDs are being used with individuals with ASD with both increasing frequency and increasing success, published literature regarding how SGDs are used with individuals with ASD to support and assist with development of functional communication skills is almost nonexistent, and there is limited empirical support for such interventions. Wendt, Schlosser, and Lloyd (2005) stated, “There is a strong need for more data-based information …

Jill Tullman, Speech-Language Pathologist, has specialized in supporting individuals who have complex communication needs and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies, techniques and technologies since 1992. As owner of an AAC private practice, Jill Tullman & Associates, she consults with families, schools and intervention teams across Colorado. Jill presents on AAC related topics locally, nationally and internationally. Joni Nygard, Speech-Language Pathologist, has specialized in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) since 1984. Currently, Joni is Director of Speech & Language Product Development at Attainment Company in Verona, WI. Prior to this, she managed an AAC clinic at University of Wisconsin-Madison. …

Jill Tullman, Sarah Shields, Barbara Myers, and Jenny Kitchen are all Speech-Language Pathologists who work for Jill Tullman & Associates, an AAC private practice in Colorado. They are dedicated and committed to improving communication and participation for individuals who have complex communication needs. Contact information: www.aac-therapy.com, info@aac-therapy.com Jill Tullman & Associates, 6866 South Yosemite Street, Centennial, CO 80112, 303.284.4021 Top row, left to right: Jill Tullman, Sarah Shields; Bottow ros, left to right: Barbara Myers, Jenny Kitchen When helping individuals who have complex communication needs (CCN) build social competencies, we can and should be guided by literature in the AAC …