Nonspoken communication intervention for minimally verbal children with autism 

An online study looking to study the effectiveness of a non-spoken communication (i.e., AAC) service for nonspeaking autistic children by training their caregivers (1 session per week for 12 weeks) to implement strategies to support the development of their non spoken communication skills.

Researchers: 
Dr. Aparna Nadig (Primary Investigator), Angela MacDonald-Prégent (Doctoral Student and Speech-Language Pathologist)

Who can participate: 
Nonspeaking or minimally speaking autistic children (4-9 yrs old) and their caregivers. Caregivers must understand English well enough to fill out questionnaires and participate in English intervention sessions. They must also have access to a laptop or computer with a webcam, have reliable high speed internet, and a video recording device (e.g., smartphone).

What’s involved: 
1 – 2 video calls before intervention begins (approx. 2 hours total)
2 – 12 1-hour remote weekly sessions (approx. 12 hours total)
3 – Filling out questionnaires + submission of 2 5-min videos before AND after the 12 sessions (approx. 4 hours total) *Interested families also complete a quick screening when they email.

Compensation:
No monetary compensation will be offered but all participants will received a communication board kit that is theirs to keep following the completion of the study

Interested in participating:  
If you have any questions please e-mail angela.macdonald@mail.mcgill.ca

Deadline:
Early October 2022 (running one final fall cohort)