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Communication Innovations for Individuals with Autism

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Communication Innovations

Presented by Dr. 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
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle

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Individuals with autism tend to have difficulty with communication – including comprehension, expression, and social pragmatics. Research and clinical observations demonstrate that individuals with autism often benefit from the use of visual supports. The Visual Immersion System™ (VIS™), created by Dr. Howard Shane and his colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital, establishes a robust foundation to address communication deficits. It capitalizes on the enhanced visual processing skills of individuals with autism, as well as their inherent interest in multimedia. It incorporates visual supports in a meaningful way that help individuals with autism learn to initiate and generate communication, as opposed to merely reciting scripted language.

Watch Dr. Shane in this edWebinar to learn about the Visual Immersion System. He also discusses how to enhance communication and expand language by repurposing consumer products/technology to provide Just In Time Communication (JITs). Case examples and resources are presented. Learn:

  • An overview of the Visual Immersion System (VIS)
    • Framework (visual instructional mode, visual organizational mode, visual expressive mode)
    • Scene cues – how can they help?
    • Grid displays & scene displays – what’s the difference?
    • Teaching language and reducing scripting – going beyond PECS
  • Concepts of Just in Time Communication (JITs)
    • Tips and tools to quickly create and provide communication supports for use in the moment (just in time)
    • Repurposing consumer products/technology to provide Just in Time Communication
    • QR Codes
    • Apple Watch
    • Amazon Echo

This recorded edWebinar will benefit educators, speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, OT, PT, music, art, and recreation therapists, and administrators.

Howard ShaneAbout the Presenter

Dr. Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for more than three decades. He has been associated with Monarch Center for Autism for more than a decade, assisting Monarch School with integrating technology and visual supports into the overall curriculum. He has designed more than a dozen computer applications used widely by individuals with disabilities and holds two U.S. patents. His technologies have led to the creation of three technology companies that create products for people with disabilities. Dr. Shane has received Honors of the Association Distinction and is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He is the recipient of the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from United Cerebral Palsy Association. Dr. Shane is the author of five books and has written numerous papers and chapters on severe speech impairment, lectured throughout the world on the topic, and produced numerous computer innovations enjoyed by persons with complex communication disorders. He’s been featured on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, Dateline, 20/20, and Frontline.

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Watch the Recording

monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.


star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.


Thursday, April 20, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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