Assessment Practices for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism

Standardized assessments are of limited value for individuals who communicate nonverbally or with very few words. Dr. Brady will discuss how to combine information from caregiver report with information from structured assessments to describe how individuals communicate with gestures, vocalizations, signs, symbols as well as spoken words. She will describe a communication scale called the Communication Complexity Scale that she and colleagues developed to describe communication development starting with awareness of one’s surroundings up through beginning word use.


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