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Collaborating with SLPs to Improve Communication Skills in Children Diagnosed with Autism Through Play – Virtual CEU May 2024

May 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Collaborating with SLPs to Improve Communication Skills in Children Diagnosed with Autism Through Play – Virtual CEU May 2024

Abstract: Early language development is a skill that is targeted when working with children diagnosed with autism. Understanding typically developing milestones can be crucial when designing appropriate language interventions. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) has recently released updated communication milestones from birth-age five (https://www.asha.org/public/developmental-milestones/communication-milestones/), and those milestones can be an effective tool in understanding how language develops. This event will review how collaboration with a Speech Language Pathologist and the use of developmental milestones can enhance the effectiveness of teaching early language skills. Many times, behavior analysts’ programs for echoics and early tacting during table time activities, but this is not always the most effective and efficient (as well as engaging and fun) for the child. We will review some best practices for working on vocal imitation/echoics and incorporate communication development that is developed during play-based activities.
Learning Objectives:
1. Review typically developing milestones for language development
2. Discuss how echoics can be incorporated into play-based activities
3. Discuss how to collaborate with Speech and Language Pathologists on early language acquisition