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Mindy's Thesis Defense

Location: TBD

Title:

Effects of Generalized Imitation Training on Functional Speech Acquisition During Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Training

Abstract:

The current literature regarding the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) demonstrates that some children diagnosed with autism acquire speech or gain increases in speech during PECS training; however, the current research base has several limitations.  There is a lack of research regarding possible explanations for those speech gains, including possible pre-requisite skills for speech acquisition or procedures that can account for speech acquisition.  Some research suggests a link between imitation (both motor and vocal) and language acquisition.  The current study will examine whether children with a generalized motor imitative repertoire are more likely to develop speech during PECS training than children without a generalized imitative repertoire.

Later Event: February 1
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