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Presenter(s): Linda Watson, EdD, CCC-SLP; Jessica Dykstra Steinbrenner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This webinar will explain how improving pretend play skills in preschool children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can “play it forward” to improve a wide array of social and communication skills. The presenters will provide practical information to aid speech-language pathologists in selecting goals and strategies that will support the expansion of pretend play in young children with ASD.
Presenter(s): Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Implementing effective approaches to enhance social communication with peers in natural environments is critical to improving core deficits in communication, joint engagement, and play skills. This webinar will discuss how SLPs can provide peer-mediated interventions (PMIs) for the students on their caseloads. The course will highlight the key components of setting up the environment, recruiting and training peers, teaching a range of communication skills, and measuring child-peer social progress. The webinar will describe approaches for increasing intentional communication of nonverbal preschool children using AAC as well as basic communication and conversation skills for school-age students, with an emphasis on matching the intervention context and strategies to specific student skills and needs.
Presenter(s): Jason Travers, PhD, BCBA-D
Credit(s): PDHs: 0.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.05
Summary: All behavior is learned, and most behavior is communicative. Many learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty communicating basic and complex needs, which often results in inappropriate behavior to convey messages. Professionals can support students with ASD by examining contextual features of inappropriate behavior in order to understand its message and then teaching students how to use more effective and efficient communication skills instead. While seemingly straightforward, this functional approach to improving communication skills requires careful consideration of several critical factors. In this session, Jason Travers will explore the communicative nature of behavior and provide suggestions for simple interventions to support socially appropriate communication that improves behavior and quality of life.
Presenter(s): Sheryl Rosin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 6.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.6
Summary: This course examines The PLAY Project®, an evidence-based home intervention and consultation program for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program uses developmentally appropriate, play-based methods and coaches parents and other caregivers to extend treatment beyond the therapy sessions. The presenter explores the program’s main assessment and intervention principles, highlighting specific techniques and activities. The course also presents multiple case studies as useful examples of children's progress in treatment, the practical challenges of implementing a program, overcoming funding obstacles, and the importance of multicultural awareness in ASD intervention, including the adoption of the model for Ohio’s Part C Early Intervention System and a project that implemented the program with a low-income, underserved population in the Caribbean island country Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Presenter(s): Sylvia Diehl, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 3.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.3
Summary: This course provides SLPs with a framework to aid them in planning appropriate, contextually valid, and evidence-based interventions for the growing population of children with autism spectrum disorders. Using two case examples, the course presents an array of strategies for selecting learning priorities and targets that truly make a functional difference in a child’s life. We also discuss connections to school standards and how to modify strategies for children of various ages. The course also includes a brief discussion of new and old diagnostic systems and their possible impact on practice.
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