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Assessing Functional Communication

      Assessing Functional Communication

      On "If I Only Had Super Powers," blogger Cheri Chin takes on the task of assessing functional communication in students with or suspected of having autism.

      "When I do autism evaluations, I try to include standardized language testing (when I am able). Depending on the student's levels and native language, I often use the OWLS, PLS-4, or CASL for this evaluation. In addition to standardized testing, however, I must provide a functional communication assessment ... What language and social language skills can the student demonstrate in informal contexts?"

      The blog post suggests specific activities related to eliciting a narrative sample, theory of mind, emotional understanding, social problem solving, shared attention, reciprocal interviews, topic maintenance and conversations with a peer.

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