Communicating can be a challenge for certain individuals with autism. In “Communication Innovations for Individuals with Autism,” Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, discussed some innovative communication tips for students with autism. Specifically, different types of communication displays, the Visual Immersion System™ (VIS), and repurposing consumer products to provide Just In Time Communication to individuals with autism.

1. Visual Scene Displays vs. Grid Displays

Grid displays, or as Shane described, grate-like screen arrangements containing targets in which symbols...

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