Conference Agenda

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Top Ten Mistakes within Programming for Children with ASD

Presenter: Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Room: John Bassett Theatre


More than 30% of children with autism continue to demonstrate limited functional speech.  Many more will have challenges with receptive and expressive language, as well as a restricted range of social communication. In order to maximize their instructional time and avoid common mistakes, it is important to understand the scientific information available from different disciplines including applied behavior analysis, psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. This workshop will discuss the top 10 mistakes often made when working with children with ASDs, provide rationales for these problems and offer potential solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe core speech and language deficits present in individuals with ASD
  2. Discuss at least 3 recent key findings in the autism research literature that relate to best practice today
  3. Identify at least 3 common mistakes made by therapists when working with children with an ASD and describe the reasons for these mistakes
  4. Discuss at least 3 possible strategies-solutions to avoid these common mistakes

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