International Meeting for Autism Research (London, May 15-17, 2008): Communication skills training in a child with autism: A case example

Communication skills training in a child with autism: A case example

Friday, May 16, 2008
Champagne Terrace/Bordeaux (Novotel London West)
M. Mongia , Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India

Ms A , 5 years old girl child, visited our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic with her parents. She presented with problems of poor communication, not being able to reciprocate in social situation, inappropriate gesturing and inappropriate non verbal communication skills.


This presentation would describe a successful attempt at training this girl with autism using operant conditioning principles and psychoeducation for parents.


The child was trained in communication skills using reinforcement strategy and other relevant behavior therapy principles. The child's strebgths and behaviors were assessed at the outset and her parents were trained to be co-therapists.


Throught the use of these strategies and through parent education and training, this child with autism was brought to a level of effective communication.


Comprehensive strategies employed would be detailed in the presentation.

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