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How Photo-Object Matching Skills Can Enhance Functional Communication in Children with Autism

How Photo-Object Matching Skills Can Enhance Functional Communication in Children with Autism

Functional communication is a critical area of focus for children with autism, especially those who are non-verbal. A recent study titled Habilets d'Association Photo-Objet et Communication Fonctionnelle avec Photos chez un Jeune Enfant Autiste / Photo-object Matching Skills and Functional Communication with Photos in a Young Child with Autism by Trottier, Cantin, and Sutton (2004) sheds light on the relationship between photo-object matching skills and the use of photos for communication in young children with autism.

This study investigated whether photo-object matching skills are a prerequisite for using a picture exchange system (PECS) for communication in a non-speaking 3-year-old boy with autism. The research found that the child could effectively use photos to communicate despite having weak photo-object matching skills. This finding suggests that photo-object matching is not necessarily a prerequisite for functional communication using photos.

For practitioners, these findings have significant implications:

Future research directions include exploring the link between photo-object matching skills and other cognitive abilities, as well as investigating the long-term impact of focusing on functional communication over matching skills. This research underscores the importance of evidence-based practices in special education and the need for ongoing study to optimize interventions for children with autism.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Habilets d'Association Photo-Objet et Communication Fonctionnelle avec Photos chez un Jeune Enfant Autiste / Photo-object Matching Skills and Functional Communication with Photos in a Young Child with Autism.

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