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Enhancing the Written Narrative Skills of an AAC Student with Autism: Evidence-Based Research Issues

Bedrosian, Jan PhD; Lasker, Joanne PhD; Speidel, Kristina MA; Politsch, Andrea MA

Original Article

This article describes an intervention study designed to enhance the skills needed in the planning and writing of stories by an adolescent student with autism working with a typically speaking peer as a partner. Also described is the decision-making process used with respect to several evidence-based research issues. The methods employed appear promising for enhancing the written narrative and peer interaction abilities of students with autism who require augmentative and alternative communication.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Corresponding author: Jan Bedrosian, PhD, Western Michigan University, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5355; E-mail:

The authors wish to thank the students and their teacher/aid for their generous participation in this project. Thanks are also extended to the following people for their assistance in developing materials for this project: Anna Putnam, Tonya Best, Jennifer McCain, and Brian Royal.

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