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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

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The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #5
Innovative Technologies to Facilitate Language and Communication in Autistics/Individuals Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sunday, March 6, 2022
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services)
CE Instructor: Ralf Schlosser, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: RALF SCHLOSSER (Northeastern University)

In this presentation, various research-based technological innovations are introduced that are aimed as language and communication supports for minimally verbal Autistic children/children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition to research into the role of animation in the processing of graphic symbols, the use of scene cues to foster directive following will be discussed. Newly developed applications (e.g., an augmented reality app) will be shared. The curricular construct of just-in-time and the idea of repurposing form the basis of our research into the application of smart watches with Autistic children/children diagnosed with ASD. Next, the presenter will introduce the Visual Immersion System™ (VIS), a comprehensive assessment and treatment framework aimed at promoting comprehension and expression for Autistic children/children diagnosed with ASD. Finally, the presenter will share the findings from a primarily telehealth-based year-long classroom-based coaching intervention involving the VIS.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) name five technology-based innovations for minimally-verbal Autistics/children diagnosed with ASD; (2) provide a rationale as to why a technology is considered an innovation for three out of the five presented technologies; (3) distinguish between repurposing general consumer-level technologies and assistive technologies; (4) describe the construct of just-in-time related to at least one technology-based innovation in terms of (a) intended purpose, (b) modalities, (c) source, and (d) delivery method; (5) describe the three foci of the Visual Immersion System.
RALF SCHLOSSER (Northeastern University)
Ralf Schlosser holds a Ph.D. in severe disabilities and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) from Purdue University. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with a joint appointment in Applied Psychology at Northeastern University and the Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ralf is the current Editor-in-Chief of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Co-Editor of Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. Ralf has published extensively on AAC interventions for children with developmental disabilities in general and children with autism spectrum disorder in particular.



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