Progressive And Systematic Speech And Language Training For Children On The Autism Spectrum

Presenter: Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Offered by Northern Speech Services

This comprehensive, intervention-focused course discusses how children with autism develop speech and language and how best to initiate interventions for children who have limited functional communication. Presented from the perspective of a practicing SLP who is also a board certified behavior analyst, this course features effective interventions drawn from both fields with video examples of implementation included throughout the presentation.

Content presented will support the SLP in making critical intervention decisions, including whether intervention should focus on the development of vocal language or on an alternative method of communication, variables that must be considered to teach an alternative communication system (with focus on sign language), and how and when to transition a child from an alternative communication system to vocal communication.

Participants will learn how to select first words to build language, how to use word simplification techniques to promote speech acquisition, and how selection of appropriate motivators is critical to gain progress in therapy. Also presented will be systematic social communication training from dyadic facilitated peer play, to various social communication groups, and direct instruction in work related social skills.

Course is offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 Contact Hours.