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.) Instructional Practices with and without Empirical Validity (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Volume 29) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.85 – 110
Abstract: Learners with autism require specialized education and supports to ensure acquisition and mastery of various communication skills. This is particularly true for individuals whose disability significantly impacts their language development. Without functional communication, these individuals often engage in severe behavior, have reduced self-determination, and experience diminished quality of life. Accordingly, researchers in special education and related fields have sought ways to improve the communication skills of learners with autism who need specialized language and communication interventions. Read More...
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 1133–1145.
Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of a social intervention that integrates peer-mediated approaches and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Method: Effects were evaluated using a series of A-B designs replicated across 4 children with severe autism and limited verbal skills. Seven peers without disabilities were trained to use PECS and facilitative social skills. Measures of changes included rates of communication behaviors, modes, functions, and engagement. Read More...
Science International, 28, 451-454. (Pakistan).
Abstract: Management of Autism has been the subject of much academic research around the globe in recent times. Autism affects the child’s communication, socialization and cognition. From many decades Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has been successfully used for autistic children and evidenced significant positive results respectively. The present study was aimed at exploring the awareness of the application of this system for autistic children, to check the cultural appropriateness and comprehensibility of (PECS) in Pakistan. Read More...