Behavior Series

Aggression as Communicative Behavior

This module will help you:

  • Understand how AAC can serve as a replacement for aggressive and challenging behavior.
  • Recognize the varied nature of communication and language skills across the population of individuals with Angelman syndrome. 
  • Become familiar with AAC so that you can compare and contrast concepts of effectiveness, efficiency, and naturalness and how these principles relate to developing alternatives to challenging behavior.
  • Recognize and provide examples of the four basic components of an AAC system: symbols, strategies, techniques and methods or devices by which communication is conveyed.
  • Be able to discuss strategies that can be used to foster individuals’ uses of AAC systems in place of challenging behaviors.

It has been found that individuals with deletions generally exhibit more severe language disabilities than those diagnosed deletion negative.

Regardless of the cause, it is common for individuals with AS to have a strong interest in social interactions. This is something we’re always going to want to build upon. Later we will discuss ways you can structure social interactions to foster communicative success. When individuals associate their uses of appropriate forms of communication with communicative success their needs to rely on alternative methods, such as aggressive behaviors, may indeed diminish. 

IMPORTANT: Among individuals with AS, there are wide differences in language, even within a population. For example, individuals that are deletion positive there are situations in which some individuals are communicating with a single symbol whereas others are chaining and linking symbols together to comprise phrases and even sentences and even discourse. 

Given individuals with Angelman syndrome cannot use speech as a primary method of communication; it would seem they would benefit from other forms of communication.

Resources for Communication