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Visual Strategies for Improving Communication : Practical Supports for School & Home 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0961678616
ISBN-10: 0961678615
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Editorial Reviews

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". . . an excellent resource. . .it has been exactly what we needed. . . the specific examples assisted us to develop some very creative systems that have been highly effective for many of our students. The information and specifics can be used by a beginner or a more experienced service provider.. . . .This is a resource that should be on every speech-language pathologist's shelf." -- ASHA Leader 1997

". . .Students with autism or similar problems . . . .may learn differently from other people, and a much overlooked means of communicating to these students is through a highly visual system. . .Visual Strategies for Improving Communication takes over where other education books leave off, by explaining in detail the importance of visual communication for people with learning, sensory, and processing difficulties. . . .This is a book that was needed yesterday, and is a must have for anyone who works with people who have learning and developmental disabilities. . . . ." -- Horizons 1996

From the Publisher

This book is "easy-reading". It is laid out with a question-answer format that is not full of the heavy technical jargon that is common in so many books on special needs. It has rapidly become a bestseller because it has met the needs of thousands of Speech Therapists, classroom teachers, parents and others who work or live with students with autism, autism spectrum disorders and other communication disorders. Visual Strategies for Improving Communication is the most comprehensive book available on the topic of using visual supports to improve communication for these student populations.

How will I benefit from the book?
learn more about the learning and functioning style of these students understand how communication break-downs affect student understanding, performance and behavior view lots of samples and examples of visual tools that have been used to improve student communication learn step-by-step how to develop and use visual tools to meet the individual needs of your students . . .plus lots of ideas for improving communication in home, school, and community environments

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Quirkroberts Pub; 1 edition (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961678615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961678616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies to support communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related learning challenges. Her training programs are packed with best-practices and effective ideas for using a range of low tech to high tech visual tools, including video and tablets like iPads and Apps, to meet the communication, behavior and social skills needs of these students. A powerful and entertaining presenter, Linda shares practical information that inspires program participants to accomplish new goals with students immediately.

Linda is the author of Visual Strategies for Improving Communication and Solving Behaviors in Autism. Considered essential resources for professionals and parents, these are two of the most recommended books in the field. She provides support for Speech-Language Pathologists, educators and parents of students with special learning needs with her blog and video training materials.

Linda Hodgdon is the Director of Cornerstone Communication Center, an organization that provides consultation, training, and professional development with the goal of improving communication.

Customer Reviews

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
My youngest daughter has autism. Last summer my wife and I brought her to a summer camp. We could not tell our daughter that she was going to spend 5 nights and 6 days at camp because we have no communication system with her. We brought her to camp, left her there with the counselor and she cried. Every morning she packed her bag, lugged it to her counselor and said, Bye Camp". How would you behave if you were in my daughter's situation?
Linda Hodgdon's book, "Visual Strategies for Improving Communication", shows parents, educators and other professionals how to use picture schedules, calandars, visual bridges and other visual tools that help my daughter become more aware of what is happening in the world around her.
"Visual Stategies for Improving Communication" is a wonderful book written in an easy to read format showing many examples on how to implement visual tools for children with autism and many other communication and behavior diso! rders
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on October 2, 2001
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I have read a lot of books on autism and I would highly recommend this one! The author details, in a very clear way, why
"visual supports" work well for everyone, but especially for those who have communication related disorders. Then she goes beyond the explanations to give you real examples you can use and directions on how to implement them. She has a very practical approach and acknowledges the differences and similarites needed between school and home programs.
I think this book would be invaluable to a teacher of special needs children and also the "regular ed" teacher who has a wide range of children and their individual needs to consider. Parents and caregivers will also benefit greatly from this book as it has many examples that go beyond the school experience.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Imagine being on one of those whirlwind package tours of Europe; sixteen cities in 7 days. You discover the tour agent forgot to give you an itinerary. Every day you don't know where you are goin, what you are going to see or when you are going to eat. Frustrating? That is how many of our students feel about life on a daily basis. It is one of the reasons we see students cling to ritual and routine."
This book is literally packed with ideas and is well worth the cover price. ....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
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When I first started working with students with autistic characteristics this became an incredible tool. I continue to use this tool with these students and other students for whom a more visual learning approach helps build success!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Ackerman on October 2, 2003
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My autistic son is a visual learner. He watches TV, computer and other children and will learn from them. In addition - abstract concepts and teaching basic academics can be done with a lot of visual support vs. auditory presentations alone.
This is a strong book to identify the issues for special needs kids and using visual strategies to solving them. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patsy E. Mckimmon on October 23, 2008
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If I had just enough money to buy one book that would help me support students with autism spectrum disorders, this is the book I would buy. It really offers bang for the buck and covers all the basics. The strategies are presented in readable, user friendly fashion and they really work. I have used the ideas over and over and over. Highly recommended as a starting point for parents or educators new to the field of autism spectrum disorders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeeVisual on February 12, 2009
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I am a huge admirer of Linda's work and would like to thank her for it. I have found her books Solving Behavior Problems in Autism and Visual Strategies for Improving Communication to be the "go to" guides whenever there is a question regarding visuals. My son has benefited so much from visual supports!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BostonGirl on October 29, 2013
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There were not enough visual images in the book and examples. Also, there were no colors in the book, only black and white. I think this text could have added a visual gallery for teachers to use, but instead it only told what to do. I dont think I will be adding this to my professional library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. P. Stone on November 16, 2012
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I wish I could buy 100 of these books & give them out to every teacher & classroom Instructional assistant I meet who has a student with a disability (not just for those with ASD!) As a speech pathologist there is a lot of info in the book that I may have already come across prior to reading this book, but it still gives many great ideas, even to a seasoned therapist! There are many considerations to be aware of when working with people with a communication disability- how the difficulty producing & understanding language can effect a person's behavior, their learning & quality of life. In both of the author's books she gives examples/ideas to address these. The text isn't full of overly technical terminology & gives really great ideas of a variety of visual strategies to help people at different levels of ability. I highly recommend both her books (the other is focused on visual strategies to improve behavior) The author, Linda Hodgdon, an SLP, also has a great website with weekly newsletters available (she also does seminars, etc.)
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