Promoting Conditional Use of Communication Skills for Learners With Complex Communication Needs: A Tutorial Purpose Conditional use of communication skills refers to the ability of a learner to appropriately generalize and discriminate when, where, and how to communicate based on constant variation and shifts in environmental cues. Method We describe discrimination and generalization challenges encountered by learners with complex communication needs and ... Tutorial
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Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica Simacek
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Breanne J. Byiers
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Quannah Parker-McGowan
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Adele F. Dimian
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Marianne Elmquist
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Jessica Simacek: Sima0034@umn.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Editor: Cynthia Cress
    Editor: Cynthia Cress×
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Development / Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Apraxia of Speech & Childhood Apraxia of Speech / Hearing Disorders / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Newly Published / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   March 26, 2018
Promoting Conditional Use of Communication Skills for Learners With Complex Communication Needs: A Tutorial
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0058
History: Received May 1, 2017 , Revised August 23, 2017 , Accepted November 14, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0058
History: Received May 1, 2017; Revised August 23, 2017; Accepted November 14, 2017

Purpose Conditional use of communication skills refers to the ability of a learner to appropriately generalize and discriminate when, where, and how to communicate based on constant variation and shifts in environmental cues.

Method We describe discrimination and generalization challenges encountered by learners with complex communication needs and ways in which these challenges are fostered through traditional communication intervention programming. We address arrangements in instruction that maximize the probability of learners acquiring the conditional use of new vocabulary and the modest instructional technology implemented when planning for generalization.

Results We propose establishing well-discriminated and generalized use of new vocabulary items through the application of a general case instruction framework to communication intervention programming.

Conclusion We provide intervention methodology, including intervention steps for general case instruction, a plethora of functional examples, and graphic displays to assess and intervene to promote conditional use of communication skills for learners with complex communication needs.

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