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Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center
brings AAC to Chinese Children

Menglin Sun, Xiuyin Fu and Shula Shilon
Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center, Beijing

Kristine Stadskleiv and Stephen von Tetzchner
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo

Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center provides training and education for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their caregivers. The Center was established in 2004 by Menglin Sun and is one of China’s earliest private training centers for children with ASD. Wucailu cooperates with universities and researchers both nationally and internationally.
Wucailu’s approach has changed over the years. At the start, the focus was on the behavioral challenges of the children, but has shifted towards enhancing communication, social behavior and cognitive development. For the children with limited speech, this includes AAC.
The focus on AAC is a natural consequence of increased attention to the variety of training methods for children with ASD. There was thus a shift from a methods-centered orientation to child-centered orientation. Each child with ASD is unique, with his or her needs, strengths and weaknesses. Instead of a one-method-for-all approach, the challenge of Wucailu now is to give individually adapted interventions, which are “tailored” on the basis of knowledge about the developmental characteristics of children with ASD, an assessment of the ability profile and the personality of each child. AAC represents a means of communication that enables children with limited speech to improve their communication and language, their problem solving and self-regulation, and increase their social understanding and participation.

Author(s):

Menglin Sun    
Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center
China

Xiuyin Fu    
Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center
China

Shula Shilon    
Wucailu Autism Research and Intervention Center
China

Kristine Stadskleiv    
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Norway

stephen von Tetzchner    
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Norway

 

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