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Neurodiversity-Affirming Speech-Language Services and Early Intervention (Live Webinar) (PD102841L)

Presenter(s): Hillary Crow, MA, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Live broadcast (one-time viewing only): April 4, 2024, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Last chance to sign up: April 4, 2024, Noon, Eastern time

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Many SLPs who provide early intervention (EI) services are aware of the neurodiversity paradigm and neurodiversity-affirming practices but might also have questions like, Where do I begin? How do I get parents and colleagues on board with neurodiversity-affirming practices? How do I write affirming goals and still adhere to Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) criteria? What does a neurodiversity-affirming session look like? In this webinar, the presenter will review practical resources and evidence-based practices for implementing neurodiversity-affirming care in the EI setting, including practical strategies for assessment, goal writing, parent coaching, and intervention.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain key characteristics and benefits of neurodiversity-affirming speech-language intervention for the EI population 
  • Create a flowchart to guide the decision-making process of writing affirming goals for the EI population 
  • Identify and utilize various strategies and resources to assist in designing and implementing affirming intervention sessions for the EI population


  • A brief history of neurodiversity (20 minutes)
  • Defining characteristics of neurodiversity-affirming practices (20 minutes)  
  • Language shift - a place to start (20 minutes)
  • Affirming assessment and goal-writing (25 minutes)
  • Affirming intervention and parent coaching (25 minutes)
  • Q&A (10 minutes)

Presenter Information

Hillary Crow, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is an Autistic SLP and the owner and CEO of Crow Autism & Speech Therapy Consulting Services, Inc. She provides neurodiversity-affirming coaching and teletherapy services to Autistic clients of all ages. Hillary also provides coaching and training on neurodiversity-affirming care to Autistic clients' loved ones, related services professionals, and organizations. She is committed to guiding her clients through the unmasking process to promote development of a positive Autistic identity.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Owner of Crow Autism & Speech Therapy Consulting Services, Inc. 
  • Speaker fees and honoraria for consulting and presentations regarding neurodiversity-affirming services

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Presenter is Autistic and has friends and family who are Autistic
  • 2024 ASHA Convention Autism Topic Committee Member

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by April 6, 2024.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar: April 4, 2024
1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102841L
Available Through: April 14, 2024