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Lessons that Linger: A 40-Year Follow-Along Note About a Boy with Autism Taught to Communicate by Gestures when Aged Six

Webster, C. ; Fruchter, D. ; Dean, J. ; Konstantareas, M. ; Sloman, L.

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016, Vol.46(7), pp.2561-2564 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Lessons that Linger: A 40-Year Follow-Along Note About a Boy with Autism Taught to Communicate by Gestures when Aged Six
  • Author/Creator: Webster, C. ; Fruchter, D. ; Dean, J. ; Konstantareas, M. ; Sloman, L.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Autism ; Gestures ; Sign language
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016, Vol.46(7), pp.2561-2564
  • Description: We draw on an article published in 1973 in this journal. We described how we taught “Geoff,” a 6-year old boy with autism, an elementary form of sign language during the course of 24 one-hour sessions held over a 12-week period (Webster et al. in J Autism Child Schizophr 3:337–346, 1973; Fruchter in Autism: new directions in research and education, pp 184–186, 1980). Here, we describe how it is that Geoff has maintained the vestiges of what we taught him (and indeed what he taught us) over the long span. This basic communication strategy has endured well and continues to contribute to his enjoyment of life.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0162-3257 ; E-ISSN: 1573-3432 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2773-x