Communication Interventions for Individuals with Severe Disabilities: Exploring Research Challenges and Opportunities

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What does the latest research tell us about communication interventions for people with severe disabilities? Find out in this authoritative research volume, which investigates the effectiveness of today's communication interventions, synthesizes evidence from current studies, and identifies urgent research directions for the future.

Shaped by a conference of The National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC),* this interdisciplinary book includes contributions from more than 30 top scholars from diverse fields, including psychology, special education, and speech-language pathology. Each chapter gives readers a brief summary of research studies on a key intervention topic, insights on research design and measurement challenges, thoughts on future advances, and real-world clinical and educational recommendations. Essential for the reference libraries of educators and professionals, this book offers powerful insights about today's communication interventions—and sets a clear agenda for tomorrow's groundbreaking research.


TOPICS COVERED:
  • prelinguistic communication intervention for young children with intellectual disabilities
  • challenging behavior and communicative alternatives
  • interventions for children who are deafblind
  • augmented language interventions for children with severe disabilities
  • parents as partners in communication intervention
  • the role of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences
  • targeted and phenotypic communication interventions for children with Down syndrome or ASD
  • issues related to research study design, including sample size, the effectiveness of randomized controlled trials, and integration of single-case and group designs
  • assessment and measurement of communication and language skills in individuals with severe intellectual disabilities
  • and more

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Rose A. Sevcik, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, Georgia 30302

Dr. Sevcik is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Developmental Psychology Doctoral Program. She is the founding co-director of the university's Area of Focus: Research on Challenges to Acquiring Language and Literacy and a member of the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL). She has made significant contributions to the field of developmental and learning disabilities and language and reading intervention research through more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and books and numerous presentations at national and international conferences. She has been an investigator on 12 federally funded projects (NIH, IES) with a long history of working with schools. Dr. Sevcik is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She also is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and past President of its Communication Disorders Division. A member of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, she is also on the Board of Directors for the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.



MaryAnn Romski, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Communication Disorders, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, Post Office Box 4038, Atlanta, Georgia 30302

MaryAnn Romski is Regents Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University, Atlanta, and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a certified speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of clinical experience. Her well-recognized and continuously funded research program focuses on the language and communication development of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who encounter difficulty speaking, particularly the development and evaluation of computerized communication interventions.



Roger Bakeman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, Georgia 30302

Dr. Roger Bakeman is professor emeritus in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University. A graduate of Antioch College, Bakeman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. He has consulted widely, primarily on matters of methodology and statistical analysis as related to infant and child typical and atypical development. He is also co-author with John M. Gottman of Observing Interaction: An Introduction to Sequential Analysis and with Vicenç Quera of Sequential Analysis and Observational Methods for the Behavioral Sciences.



R. Michael Barker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, PCD 1017, Tampa, Florida 33620

Dr. Michael Barker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He teaches classes on language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and research methodology. His research focuses on assessment and instruction of phonological awareness and literacy in children who use augmentative and alternative communication.



Andrea Barton-Hulsey, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, Georgia 30302

Ms. Andrea Barton-Hulsey is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and a Language and Literacy Fellow at Georgia State University. She has clinical and research experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Her work has focused on providing AAC services and supports to facilitate language and reading development in children.



Nancy C. Brady, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders, University of Kansas, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Dr. Nancy Brady conducts research on early language and communication development in children and adults with severe disabilities, including individuals with autism, fragile x syndrome and deaf-blindness. Her research focuses on stages of prelinguistic development, assessing communication, teaching beginning AAC, and pragmatic aspects of early communication.



Mo Chen, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 250 Educational Sciences Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Ms. Mo Chen is currently completing her Ph.D. in the special education track of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities both in the United States and in China. Her research interests include function-based interventions for addressing problem behavior and conditional communication.



Curtis K Deutsch, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester Massachusetts 01655

Dr. Curtis Deutsch is an investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and a member of an NICHD-supported Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). His research program specializes in psychobiology and medical genetics. Within the IDDRC, he is co-PI on a quantitative methods core that supports the survey of small-n and single-subject analytic methods reviewed in this book.



Marc E. Fey, Ph.D., Professor, Hearing and Speech Department, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas 66160

Dr. Fey's primary research and clinical interests include the role of input on children's speech and language development and disorders and the efficacy and effectiveness of speech and language intervention with children. Dr. Fey was editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology from 1996 to 1998 and was chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Publications Board from 2003 to 2005. Along with his many publications, including articles, chapters, and software programs, he has published three other books on language intervention—Language Intervention with Young Children (Allyn & Bacon, 1986) and Language Intervention: Preschool Through the Elementary Years (co-edited with Jennifer Windsor & Steven F. Warren; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1995), and Treatment of Language Disorders in Children (co-edited with Rebecca McCauley; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, 2006). Dr. Fey received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publication in 2010 and the Honors of the Association in 2011.



David J. Francis, Ph.D., Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Houston, 4811 Calhoun Road, 3rd Floor, Houston, Texas 77204

Dr. David J. Francis is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair of Quantitative Methods and former Chairman of the Department of Psychology (2002-2014) at the University of Houston, where he also serves as Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. He was a recipient of the 2006 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association, and has received the University of Houston's Teaching Excellence Award and the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, and in 2008 received the Esther Farfel Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in research, teaching, and service, and is the highest award given to faculty members at the University of Houston.



Howard Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a nationally known scholar in the field of child language intervention research and the author of two books and more than 100 scholarly articles. His recent work has sought to enhance the language and literacy development of students in high poverty schools who are at high risk for language and reading disabilities. A certified speech-language pathologist and former ASHA Vice President for Science and Research, Dr. Goldstein is currently Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at University of South Florida in Tampa.

Lauren H. Hampton, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Lauren H. Hampton is a research associate at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hampton's research focuses on early communication interventions, parent training interventions, and classroom interventions for children with autism. She has more than 10 years of experience implementing early interventions for children with autism and their families.



Anne-Therese Hunt, Sc.D., Consultant, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shriver Center, 55 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655

Dr. Anne Hunt, owner of Hunt Consulting Associates and former faculty member at Harvard University, provides statistical and epidemiologic consulting services to the Boston Area medical research community. She also serves as a biostatistician providing quantitative services and mentorship to members of the NICHD-supported Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.



Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D., Susan W. Gray Professor of Education and Human Development, Department of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Dr. Ann Kaiser is the Susan W. Gray Professor of Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Dr. Kaiser's research focuses on early language interventions for children with developmental disabilities and children at risk due to poverty. She has developed and researched an early communication program to improve the language outcomes for young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with autism, and children at risk due to behavior problems.



Connie Kasari, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Psychology, Center for Autism Research and Treatment, University of California Los Angeles, 68-268 Semel Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90024

Dr. Connie Kasari is Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, and has been the primary advisor to more than 40 Ph.D. students. Her research projects include targeted interventions for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school-aged children with autism. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.



Joanne B. Kledaras, M.A., Senior Research Scientist, Praxis, Inc., 69 West Street, Belmont, Massachusetts 02478

Ms. Joanne Kledaras received her B. A. in special education from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. in applied behavior analysis from Northeastern University. Throughout her career, she has pursued parallel clinical and research activities, primarily in private and public special education settings. She is presently working on projects aimed at applying recent research findings and technology to develop more effective methods for teaching behavioral prerequisites for augmentative and alternative communication and rudimentary reading.



William J. McIlvane, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545

Dr. William McIlvane directs a research program that addresses a number of topics relevant to understanding and perhaps correcting behavior deficits of persons with neurodevelopmental disorders. His primary foci are procedures to encourage rapid learning of behaviors involved in symbolic communication and relevant assistive technologies to support efforts of clinicians and special educators. Methods developed in his research are now being applied to teach functional skills in regular and special education in the US and internationally, especially via a long-term collaboration with a large university network in Brazil.



Lee K. McLean, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Prior to her retirement in 2013, Dr. Lee McLean served as Chair/Associate Dean of the Department of Allied Health Sciences/School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Prior to that position, she and her husband, James McLean, worked at Kansas University where they conducted research and training related to communication needs of persons with severe disabilities. Dr. Lee is an ASHA Fellow and served as Chair of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities from 2000-2007.



Beth A. Mineo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Education, and Center Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, Deleware 19716

Dr. Beth Mineo is the Director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, Director of the Assistive Technology Unit at the Center, and Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Trained as a speech/language pathologist and specializing in supports for individuals with significant learning and communication disabilities, she has extensive experience in project design and implementation, services for individuals with disabilities, and assistive technology development, utilization and policy. She currently conducts research and implementation projects focusing on accessible instructional materials, language representation, and utilization of assistive technology with children 0-5.



Billy T. Ogletree, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Carolina University, 4121 Little Savannah Road, 158A HHSB, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723

Dr. Billy Ogletree is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. His research interests include the communication abilities and needs of individuals with severe intellectual disabilities, including autism. Dr. Ogletree chairs the National Joint Committee for the Communicative Needs of Persons with Severe Disa...

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