Communication Support Systems

Children with autism may be diagnosed with co-morbid disorders, including speech delay. Communication support systems can be used to assist children and adults to express their wants and needs, more effectively. An inability to communicate one's wants and needs can at times result in displays of maladaptive behavior. For example, a child may hit a parent when hungry, as in the past hitting has resulted in the parent giving attention to the child and attempting to find out "what's wrong". The following are a few commonly used applications and tools that help support a child's ability to communicate with the individuals they interact with on a daily basis. Always consult with a speech therapist, as well as, a BCBA to establish an effective communication and behavior management plan for your child.

Communication Support Systems

Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)

PECS is an augmented and alternative communication system in which there are six phases taught to promote independence in initiating request for desired items or activities through the use of prompting, reinforcement, and systematic error correction. More information can be found by following the link:


Proloquo2go is a customizable application that allows the user to learn at their own pace, and varies in skill level from beginner to advanced. It is a great way to develop fine-motor and visual perception skills in addition to building independence in communicating wants, needs, and ideas. More information about the application can be found here:

LAMP Words for Life

LAMP Words for Life is a structured communication support system that has a pre-programmed vocabulary program. The application was designed for learners with autism, in mind. LAMP Words for Life utilizes bright graphics, as well as, motor planning to support each users ability to develop effective communication skills, over time. More information about the application can be found here:

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