Communication Alternatives in Autism

Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches for the Nonspeaking

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About the Book

This book chronicles the experiences of 10 autistic self-advocates who use rapid prompting method and facilitated communication. Their narratives document the complexities that autistic individuals navigate when choosing to use a highly controversial, alternative form of communication in educational and community settings. Using letter boards and keyboards to write their chapters, they share powerful stories in the context of aiming for disability rights. The book concludes by presenting research-based educational practices that schools and colleges enact to support students who use these of communication forms.

About the Author(s)

Edlyn Vallejo Peña is an associate professor of higher education leadership and the director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. She has published over two dozen journal articles and book chapters in the fields of education and disability.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7891-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3713-6
Imprint: Toplight

Book Reviews & Awards

“In Communication Alternatives in Autism, Dr. Edlyn Peña addresses one of the most controversial topics in research and education for non-speaking communicators and those with limited speech—the authenticity of communication through typing and spelling. It is well known that a small group of critics have dominated discourse disputing the validity of such communication, based on a dated and flawed body of research, and by ignoring more recent research with contrary findings, resulting in misguided efforts to shut down further discussion and research when there continues to be more questions than answers. Dr. Peña challenges such efforts through a scholarly review of evidence, her own personal experiences as a parent and by inviting non-speaking communicators to share their thoughts and experiences. For those who believe ongoing discourse should not be shut down, and especially for those who already think the die is cast, this important work is a significant step forward in understanding why we must intensify our efforts to understand and give voice to those who cannot speak.”—Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CC-SLP, Brown University, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Communication Alternatives in Autism is a book that has been needed for a long time. It gives voice to the thoughts and humanity of individuals with autism who use various means to communicate via the written word. The experience and knowledge of Dr. Edlyn Peña who is both a parent and a scholar shines through to help us better understand the lives and journey of a remarkable group of authors. Enjoy!”—Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D., professor emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of San Diego