Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects a child’s social interactions and ability to communicate and develop language. In the United States, approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD, and ASD is becoming more prevalent (Darcy-Mahoney, 2016). Data show that about 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with ASD. Prevalence among different races is not statistically significant (Caucasian 1 in 65; African American, 1 in 76; Asian/Pacific Islander, 1 in 88; Hispanic, 1 in 99) (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). At the core of ASD are deficits in language development, social communication, social interaction and the presence of restricted, repetitive behaviors (American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2017). It often hinders a child’s ability to connect with others, read, write, follow directions, and develop expressive and receptive language. Children with ASD often use echolalia or repeat words or phrases to communicate with caregivers.
The Use of AAC Devices in Preschool-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Narrative Review of Interventions.
Undergraduate Review, 15, 7-20.
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