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Rare Diseases and Disorders: SLP Assessment and Intervention
Event Dates:3/13/2024-3/25/2024
Format(s): Online Conference
This online conference provides information on several rare diseases and disorders, focusing on the speech, language, hearing, feeding, and swallowing implications, so SLPs can feel prepared when you encounter a child or adolescent with one of these conditions.
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Conversations on Parent Coaching in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand conversation features Naomi Grinney, a licensed clinical social worker and infant mental health specialist, who discusses strategies for building parent capacity to support social-emotional skill development for children with both language and social-emotional delays.
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Dynamic Conversations: Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination for Neurodivergent Individuals (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Self-advocacy and self-determination skills are important for engaging in successful interactions, achieving goals, and promoting shared perspective-taking, particularly for individuals with autism and other neurodivergent individuals. This on demand webinar explores strategies SLPs can use when working with neurodivergent and autistic children and adolescents to support their self-advocacy and self-determination skills so they can effectively express their preferences and goals.
Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: Communication Myths and Realities (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs who work with individuals with development disabilities across the life span are often confronted with myths that may limit the communication of their clients, students, and patients. This on demand webinar examines some of these myths and how they affect the delivery of communication services and supports. The speakers share evidence and case examples that debunk these myths and explain strategies you may use to change perceptions.
Communication Needs of Individuals With Down Syndrome (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Down syndrome is a genetic syndrome characterized by unique anatomical and physiological traits; medical complications affecting movement, respiration, feeding, and metabolism; intellectual disabilities; as well as dysarthria and other communication challenges. This on demand webinar shares evidence-based techniques that target motor speech, voice, fluency, and functional language to maximize intelligibility and comprehensibility of speech and language for individuals with Down syndrome.
Understanding Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder
Format(s): eWorkshop
Dyslexia and developmental language disorders (DLD) – relatively common, language-based disorders that affect children’s reading and academic achievement as well as social and life outcomes – frequently co-occur in the same child. This session examines the differences between the two disorders, how to identify children at risk for either or both, and how to provide treatment and accommodations to promote positive outcomes. The speaker discusses evidence-based practices for assessing and treating reading difficulties.
Targeting Literacy-Related Skills of Children With Autism
Format(s): Journal (Online)
The articles in this journal self-study discuss the literacy difficulties many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience, with direct clinical implications for literacy assessment and intervention. The articles, which apply to children across the age spectrum, are from a 2021 forum published in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, titled “Literacy in Autism—Across the Spectrum.”
Hiding in Plain Sight: Ensuring Proper Diagnosis of Autistic Girls
Format(s): eWorkshop
Autism can present quite differently in boys and girls, and research demonstrates that many girls and women are being misdiagnosed or missed entirely. In this recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference, the presenter explores the subtle presentation of autism in general and the specific ways that girls and women can present. The speaker discusses the importance of a comprehensive social cognition assessment to increase the likelihood of proper autism diagnosis.
Strengths-Based Approaches to Promoting Engagement in School-Age Children With ASD (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar will help fill up your toolbox of strategies to help children with autism spectrum disorder engage in learning and social interactions. The webinar will share practical, visual-based tools that SLPs who work with school-age children with autism can use to build on strengths and promote participation, engagement, and relationships.
Communication Choice and Agency: Thinking Beyond  Spoken Language for Individuals on the Autism  Spectrum
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This Perspectives activity focuses on communication choice and agency for individuals on the autism spectrum. These individuals are the key informants in decisions around the conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming for autistic learners. Speaking autistic adults encourage families, professionals, and society to promote and accept all communication as equal.
Using Telepractice to Coach Caregivers of Young Children With Autism (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explores strategies and tools for providing effective coaching through telepractice for caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The speakers discuss the benefits of telepractice for this population and provide a variety of free resources, including checklists, agendas, and a tool kit.
Social Communication Strategies for Adolescents: A Modern Approach (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs who work with middle and high schoolers with social communication challenges have much to consider. How do I make sure my practice is being culturally responsive? How do I assist with online learning formats? How do I make sure I'm implementing warranted, functional goals that respect students’ identities – and that take into account the social, emotional, and physical changes that occur during adolescence? Drawing from research, clinical, and first-person perspectives, this on demand webinar presents considerations, strategies, and sample case studies to help SLPs modernize their approaches for working with students with social communication challenges in middle and high school.
Assessment and Treatment of Social Language Deficits in School-Aged Students
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This Perspectives activity focuses on the assessment and treatment of school-age students with social language deficits. Articles focus on conversational profiles for students with autism and intervention strategies appropriate for students within each profile; the benefit of using analog tasks with toddlers through adolescents to evaluate social communication abilities and guide intervention; best practices in assessing students with social communication deficits; and how effective commercially available standardized tests are for evaluating the social and pragmatic language deficits of students with social pragmatic communication disorder within and separate from autism.
Instructional Strategies for Students With ASD
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study course highlights various instructional strategies that demonstrate positive progress for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The findings and recommendations can assist SLPs in choosing strategies that produce targeted outcomes for students with ASD on their caseload.
Reading Between the Lines: Connecting to Comprehension for Readers With ASD
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how the core deficits of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impact their development of reading comprehension, a critical skill for success in academic, social, and vocational settings. The session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—includes discussion, demonstration, and application of assessment techniques and evidence-supported intervention strategies to facilitate reading comprehension for students with ASD.
Supporting Post-Secondary Success for Students With Disabilities
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar addresses the daunting transition from school to college, career, and community for students with disabilities. Speaker Deborah Schwind identifies and discusses factors that predict a successful transition. She discusses examples of strategies that professionals can embed in intervention sessions as well as in classrooms – beginning as early as elementary school – to increase the likelihood of a successful transition after high school graduation.
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder: The SLP's Role (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar identifies and discusses specific early pre-verbal, verbal, and social features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and common co-occurring factors. The speaker explains the importance of differential diagnosis of ASD – including the role of the SLP in the process – and discusses ASD-specific assessments and best practice evaluation methods.
Working With Children With Social and Emotional Issues (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will answer common questions SLPs may have about working with children with social and/or emotional issues: What types of social/emotional issues (including and beyond those associated with autism spectrum disorder) can children exhibit? Do these issues impact communication development and, if so, how? How can we identify early signs, symptoms, and risk factors of social/emotional disorders in young children? What roles do SLPs play when working with children with social/emotional deficits – in language assessment/intervention and beyond? When do we treat? When do we refer?
Using SCERTS to Identify Evidence-Based Practices for Children With Autism (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Infants, children, and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) vary greatly in their needs, as the core challenges differ depending upon developmental level, family and child preferences, and more. This webinar illustrates how to use the evidence-based SCERTS framework in assessment as well as intervention planning and delivery to support social communication and relationship development. The webinar focuses on children at three different developmental levels – before using words, emerging language, and conversational.
Maximizing Intelligibility in Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss the anatomical, physiological, neurological, and cognitive factors that affect the speech intelligibility of children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Although there are similarities among people who have this genetic disorder, evaluation and treatment are highly individualized based on specific factors that influence a particular individual’s speech. The speaker will discuss evaluation and treatment planning, including forms that clinicians can use right away in their own practice.
Changing Developmental Trajectories of Toddlers With ASD: Strategies for Bridging Research to Practice (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The need for community-viable, evidence-based intervention strategies for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a national priority as earlier diagnosis becomes more common. This webinar will present strategies for taking evidence-based research and applying it to practice. Using video examples, the presenters will discuss the findings from the randomized controlled trial of the Early Social Interaction Project (ESI), which teaches parents how to embed evidence-based intervention strategies and supports in everyday activities in natural environments to promote their child’s active engagement. The webinar will also illustrate strategies for utilizing the Autism Navigator, a collection of web-based courses and tools using extensive video footage, for parents, professionals, and others with the goal of improving outcomes for young children with ASD.
Early Identification of Autism in Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children who have a hearing loss is challenging, due in part to the lack of valid standardized assessments for this population. This webinar will explore communication characteristics of children with both ASD and hearing loss and those who are deaf/hard of hearing but do not have ASD, focusing on distinguishing attributes. Awareness of the features that are unique to ASD in the deaf/hard of hearing population will enable clinicians to more accurately identify ASD in these children and lead to earlier access to appropriate and much-needed intervention. The webinar will also highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration when working with children with co-occurring hearing loss and ASD.
Special Issues in Autism
Format(s): Journal (Online)
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.
Be FABB Poster
Format(s): Poster
Use this eye-catching poster to remind children to “Be FABB” and use good communication with their friends, particularly those with autism.

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