Early Building Blocks for Learning
Promoting Social Communication and Early Learning Behaviors in Children
The purpose of this page is to highlight research-based strategies and interventions for children who are at risk or children diagnosed with a disability, such as autism spectrum disorder. Everything on this site is meant to provide parents, practitioners, and researchers information that can be used to improve socially-meaningful behaviors in children. In addition, recent research and opportunities for the community are highlighted for visitors.
Strategies and Tips for Promoting Early Social Communication
A Review of Terms Commonly Used in Handouts
Arrange the Environment
Strategies to Promote Communication
The Foundation for Interacting and Teaching
How to be Responsive during Play
Modeling to Teach
Teaching New Words and Phrases during Play
Using Open-Ended Questions and Statements to Teach
Waiting is Teaching
Using Time Delay to Promote Initiations during Play
A Brief Guide on Combining Procedures during Play
A Handout Shared with us by Micaela Zimmerman and Katie Goldey
Recent Research & Presentations
Findings from a study targeting independent communication in young children with ASD or intellectual disability in a classroom setting
Lane, J. D., Shepley, C., Sartini, E., & Hogue, A. (2020). Modifying a naturalistic language intervention for use in an elementary school classroom. Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 5, 1-13.
A poster presentation shared in February 2020 at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Lane, J. D., Murner, E., & Shepley, C. (2020). Building the foundation for meaningful interactions between educators and students. The Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference.
The PACE Program is a service for families in the community and an opportunity for graduate students to learn and implement research-based practices. We blend naturalistic instruction and parent coaching to promote responsive interactions and early social communication. We will be recruiting families for fall 2020 soon - Contact us for additional details!