Teaching Communication Skills To Students With Severe Disabilities by June E. DowningTeaching Communication Skills To Students With Severe Disabilities by June E. Downing

Teaching Communication Skills To Students With Severe Disabilities

byJune E. Downing, Amy Hanreddy, Kathryn D. Peckham-hardin

Paperback | February 16, 2015

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How can educators and therapists support effective communication for students with severe and multiple disabilities? Today's best research and strategies are in theNEW third editionof this trusted textbook and teaching guide. Current and future education professionals will getup-to-date information and practical guidance on the entire process of supporting communicationfor students of all ages, from assessing their communication skills to involving peers and adults in intervention. An important textbook and professional reference, this comprehensive volume will help educators, paraprofessionals, SLPs, and other school staff skillfully support every student's right to communicate.

TOPICS COVERED:communication assessment * intervention strategies * identification of natural opportunities to teach skills * augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques * collaborative teaming * challenging behavior * Functional Communication Training * literacy instruction * peers as communication partners * teaching a wide range of skills that go beyond simple requesting, from commenting to gaining attention


  • More emphasis on technology throughout the book
  • Timely new contributions by experts in the field
  • New chapter on the relationship between communication and challenging behavior
  • New chapter on communication and literacy
  • More on making AAC devices accessible and attainable
  • Expanded guidance on friendship development and how peers can aid intervention
  • More strategies for teaching specific communication skills, highlighted for easy reference
  • New case examples to show strategies and interventions in action
  • FAQs, extension activities, and study questions that highlight key ideas and trouble spots

June E. Downing, Ph.D.,was a national leader in the field of special education who focused her expertise, time, and energy researching best practices and advocating for individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. She was a steadfast promoter of inclusive education, viewing access to the general education program and peers withou...
Title:Teaching Communication Skills To Students With Severe DisabilitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 16, 2015Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1598576550

ISBN - 13:9781598576559

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Table of Contents


About the Authors
Foreword byJanice Light

  1. The Importance of Teaching Communication Skills
  2. Mary Falvey

  3. Integrating Team Expertise to Support Communication
  4. Diane Ryndak

  5. Assessing Communication Skills
  6. June E. Downing, Kathryn D. Peckham-Hardin, and Amy Hanreddy

  7. The General Education Classroom: A Rich Communicative Environment
  8. Amy Hanreddy and Kathryn D. Peckham-Hardin

  9. Beginning Steps in Communication Intervention
  10. June E. Downing and Deborah Chen

  11. Considerations in Developing and Acquiring Communication Aids
  12. Pat Mirenda

  13. Teaching a Wide Range of Communication Skills: Beyond Requesting
  14. June E. Downing, Kathryn D. Peckham-Hardin, and Amy Hanreddy

  15. The Relationship Between Communication and Literacy
  16. Amy Hanreddy

  17. The Relationship Between Communication and Challenging Behavior
  18. Kathryn D. Peckham-Hardin

  19. The Importance of Peers as Communication Partners
  20. Erik W. Carter, Heartley B. Huber, and Elizabeth E. Biggs