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Special Issues in Autism (WEB3240)

Course Description

Clinicians who work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are aware of the challenges presented by the varied abilities and behaviors of this group. This journal self-study focuses on special populations of children with ASD, including those who are deaf, those who use AAC, and bilingual children. A final article discusses how intervention can be extended beyond improving social skills to working toward establishing and maintaining actual friendships. SLPs working with children with ASD can use information from these articles to improve clinical practice when working with children with these particular special situations.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss how hearing and deaf children with ASD use echolalia
  • describe the impact of least-to-most prompting on AAC use by children with ASD
  • explain the real and perceived benefits and challenges of bilingualism in children with ASD
  • explain aspects of friendship and how they can be incorporated into intervention for children with ASD


The following articles are included in this course:

  • Sign Language Echolalia in Deaf Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Aaron Shield, Frances Cooley, and Richard P. Meier
  • Effects of a Least-to-Most Prompting Procedure on Multisymbol Message Production in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, by Erinn H. Finke, Jennifer M. Davis, Morgan Benedict, Lauren Goga, Jennifer Kelly, Lauren Palumbo, Tanika Peart, and Samantha Waters
  • Autism and Bilingualism: A Qualitative Interview Study of Parents’ Perspectives and Experiences, by Sarah Hampton, Hugh Rabagliati, Antonella Sorace, and Sue Fletcher-Watson
  • Friendship: Operationalizing the Intangible to Improve Friendship-Based Outcomes for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Erinn H. Finke

Learning Assessment
Online, multiple-choice exam

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 4
ASHA CEU*: 0.4
Item #(s): WEB3240
Available Through: March 16, 2024