Requesting with Picture Icons: An evidence-based practice approach to teaching requesting skills with the use of picture icons. *

Presented by SPG Clinical Supervisors (3 hrs)

Teaching students with developmental disabilities such as those on the Autism Spectrum a form of effective and efficient communication is a significant and viable skill that should be an essential part of any intervention plan.  Especially, when appropriate communication skills are replaced with inappropriate behaviors, such as aggression, secondary to reduced verbal skills. But, how do you teach functional communication to students who exhibit reduced and/or limited verbal, vocal, and imitative repertoires??  This presentation entails a teaching procedure utilizing icons combined with ABA principles to assist professionals and paraprofessionals to; 1) create communicative opportunities, 2) augment a student’s communication skills, and 3) enable that student to communicate their immediate wants and needs appropriately and effectively.