Dr. Howard Shane, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School

Dr. Howard Shane is the Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otology and Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions.  He has been a clinician at Boston Children’s Hospital for 40 years where he holds the Center for Communication Endowed Chair. Dr. Shane is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a recipient of their Honors of the Association award. In addition, Dr. Shane has received the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Pioneers Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Shane is known for his technology developments and has produced over 12 computer applications and holds two US patents.  He is the author of numerous research papers, chapters and books on severe speech impairment including Visual Language in Autism and has lectured throughout the world on the topic. His most recent book, “Enhancing Communication for Individuals with Autism: A Guide to the Visual Immersion System™,” a systematic approach that uses technology and visual supports to enhance learning and communication, was released in October 2014.

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