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Course # 4206
Development of Symbolic Language in Children with ASD

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Course Abstract

This course will outline the unique developmental patterns often seen in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with respect to symbolic language development. The impact of neurological differences on language development will be reviewed with an emphasis on identifying critical intervention objectives for children using pre-symbolic gestures, single words, echolalia, and more creative sentence structures. Lastly, practical strategies to foster more conventional gestures, creative word combinations, and conversational discourse will be highlighted.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to describe core neurological differences that impact symbolic language development in children with ASD.
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to describe the typical developmental progression of symbolic language development in children with ASD, from gestures to conversational discourse.
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to identify critical intervention objectives for children with ASD who are pre-symbolic, using early symbolic vocabulary, or using more advanced sentence structure.
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to identify learning and communication supports that foster the development of conventional gestures, creative language, and conversational discourse.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Neurological differences and their impact on symbolic language development in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
10-20 Minutes Typical progression of symbolic language development in children with ASD, from gestures to conversational discourse.
20-55 Minutes Identifying intervention objectives and communication supports at different stages of communication
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q & A

Average Rating

(1210 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 1210 reviews

Review by: Elena on August 28, 2014
The suggestions for materials to use to support children with ASD at each stage of communication is invaluable.
Review by: Jeri on August 27, 2014
real examples
Review by: Tracy on August 22, 2014
Excellent explanation of neurological differences and how they impact language development. I never thought of myself as a "crane."
Review by: Judith on August 5, 2014
The outline of the material presented.
Review by: Mark on August 2, 2014
The examples provided were great and I really liked the details into intervention goals and treatment for ASD children.
Review by: W. Gray on July 31, 2014
Excellent descriptions and explanations of strategies used and their benefits.
Review by: Nancy on July 28, 2014
anecdotal evidence, illustrating how to demonstrate the purpose of a learning activity
Review by: Lucille on July 24, 2014
Excellent overview of information with practical and functional intervention suggestions.
Review by: Lara on July 21, 2014
Loved the specific goals and therapy techniques!
Review by: Zulemy on July 21, 2014
Very helpful. I work with a big ASD population.
Review by: Angela on July 8, 2014
Such a great resource for background and interventions
Review by: Gabriela on July 5, 2014
The well described examples that tied to what the speaker had just went over.
Review by: Richelle on June 26, 2014
Examples of intervention and supports
Review by: Marlene on June 18, 2014
Lots of great concrete examples that can be tried immediately
Review by: Kristen on June 17, 2014
Well-organized with practical tips and strategies
Review by: Renee on June 7, 2014
Good organization of presentation and additional handouts
Review by: Yvonne on June 4, 2014
The video was a great way to understand how someone with ASD may see the world.It reinforced many of the things I already do in my practise but also gave me other ideas like using more moveable visual supports. Also the ideas of actively teaching the gestures of pointing, giving, showing etc. This was a very useful clinical presentation despite the fact that there was lots of academic research backup and rationales.
Review by: Tonya on May 29, 2014
Great Info!
Review by: Susan on May 28, 2014
excellent examples
Review by: Nadine on May 23, 2014
Great examples and situations I could apply
Review by: D on May 18, 2014
Clear and concise. Lacked jargon that distracted fromthe content.
Review by: sherry on May 17, 2014
I particularly liked the giving gesture activity
Review by: Rachel on April 28, 2014
Review by: Sarah on April 23, 2014
great material
Review by: Susan on April 11, 2014
THe information was extremely interesting.
Review by: Arezu on April 9, 2014
this was SOOO fascinating! feel like I understand my students so much better and am better equipped to respond to their communication needs.
Review by: Audrey on March 27, 2014
Practical real life examples
Review by: Leslie on March 9, 2014
It was clear and concise. She gave great examples and I can use the material tomorrow in my sessions.
Review by: Ashley on March 6, 2014
Very well organized, good examples, contained a lot of relevant and useful information
Review by: Emily on March 1, 2014
great info
Review by: Kathryn on February 11, 2014
New information to me with good examples
Review by: Trina on February 9, 2014
Great examples and information. Will be very useful with my kiddos with ASD
Review by: brittney on February 7, 2014
the examples provided
Review by: Tana on January 29, 2014
Good examples
Review by: Mary Martha on January 26, 2014
just the right amount of discussion and examples.
Review by: Nalinne on January 22, 2014
Great perspective of the mind of children with ASD.
Review by: Marianne on January 15, 2014
The topic was great and helped me understand teh phases of language development in the ASD population
Review by: Nicolle on January 14, 2014
Visual supports of intervention strategies were helpful. Video, explaining difference in interpretation of it was fascinating!
Review by: Wendy on January 13, 2014
Good information that provided practical and usable strategies.
Review by: Jodie on January 9, 2014
loved the information.. I've felt like some of my kids on the spectrum hit a plateau and this information will definitely help!
Review by: Darlene on January 6, 2014
Outlined clear objectives/goals and strategies.
Review by: Diane on January 6, 2014
Great examples of intervention techniques
Review by: Kim on December 31, 2013
Good information with examples
Review by: Erika on December 31, 2013
Clear information with great examples that I can implement and share with teachers.
Review by: Suzanne on December 29, 2013
Great examples.
Review by: Jennifer on December 28, 2013
Review by: Rosemary on December 28, 2013
practical and very informativewell organized
Review by: alison on December 26, 2013
Very clear. Great intervention examples.
Review by: Kerry on December 26, 2013
Good material
Review by: Kelsey on December 23, 2013
Good information, but definitely an introductory level course
Review by: Lorelie on December 23, 2013
Excellent examples, and explanation of developmental levels
Review by: Bruce on December 22, 2013
Contained a lot of useful information
Review by: Diana on December 21, 2013
information was clear, examples given
Review by: Andrea on December 21, 2013
very specific information that is directly applicable to practice with children
Review by: MARY on December 15, 2013
I took this course as a text course. I prefer the video courses. Otherwise it was an excellent course.
Review by: Kelly on December 15, 2013
Good organization, lots of concrete, functional ideas.
Review by: Barb on December 13, 2013
clearly organized and informative
Review by: M. (Marvin) Wesley on December 12, 2013
The content was excellent. The only thing that held me back from rating the course as excellent was that the author mentioned a handout in the course, but it wasn't available on the site.
Review by: Jennifer on December 11, 2013
Awesome course
Review by: Carolina on December 11, 2013
Review by: Molly on December 9, 2013
Such a great presenter who provides concrete examples and you can tell she is in the trenches, so to speak, learning and working and doing! Thanks for passing along your knowledge.
Review by: Kimberly on December 9, 2013
It was interesting to read about the development of language utilizing the visual supports going away from the simple "I want + object" sentence structure. I believe I can use some of the suggestions for implementing new sentence supports with my population.
Review by: Megan on December 9, 2013
helpful examples
Review by: Lisa on December 8, 2013
Breakdown of information was well done. Visual examples of supports were helpful.
Review by: Barbara on December 7, 2013
I like the way she combined presentation of the topic with verbal and visual examples.
Review by: Susan on December 6, 2013
It gave clear examples.
Review by: Theresa on November 25, 2013
Provided the building blocks to help develop meaningful communication in children with ASD
Review by: Karen on November 23, 2013
It provided good, usable information and strategies.
Review by: gretchen on November 22, 2013
treatment ideas, practical, easy and different
Review by: Amy on November 20, 2013
Good examples provided and very applicable to daily IEPs
Review by: Carrie on November 16, 2013
I enjoyed the content.
Review by: Augusta on November 15, 2013
very well-organized and information was very applicable for the school-based SLP
Review by: Adrienne on November 13, 2013
Useful strategies for teaching subject+verb.
Review by: Krista on November 8, 2013
Difficult topic explained well
Review by: Michelle on November 4, 2013
Excellent content!!!!!
Review by: Anna on November 3, 2013
The course helped reframe how to look at ASD and better understand how the perspective those children impacts language development.
Review by: Sharon on November 3, 2013
Review by: Anita on November 1, 2013
Very specific examples to illustrate each point
Review by: Pamela on October 29, 2013
It was accessible online and there were helpful source citations.
Review by: Michelle on October 20, 2013
Very useful information. Presented clearly and gave many examples. I will definitely apply this to my work.
Review by: Kathleen on October 19, 2013
relating strategies that have worked
Review by: Amy on October 18, 2013
relevant information to my caseload
Review by: Veronica on October 13, 2013
I really liked the the hierarchy of intervention techniques and examples presented.
Review by: Esther on October 12, 2013
everything was great
Review by: Marlene on October 12, 2013
Excellent breakdown of language and treatment levels for ASD.
Review by: Neil on October 10, 2013
Understandable and useful information
Review by: Kristin on October 9, 2013
I love how the presenter broke down beginning communication into steps. It helped me to think about my clients and where to go next.
Review by: Adrienne on October 3, 2013
Good information that I can apply to my current job
Review by: Illona on October 1, 2013
Well organzed; useful information; clear examples
Review by: Jenesa on September 29, 2013
It was very clear and to the point. Also, it was very functional and I will be able to apply it to the therapy process.
Review by: deb on September 28, 2013
great visuals
Review by: Amy on September 25, 2013
excellent review
Review by: Megan on September 19, 2013
Information was presented in a clear manner. Great examples and ideas to work on language with these kiddos. I did wish that the question and answers were written up at the end of the transcript.
Review by: Debra on September 19, 2013
Well organized information - good examples / strategies
Review by: Vella on September 17, 2013
I have a student with ASD on my caseload who is preverbal. I love that I can find appropriate CEU hours on SpeechPathology.com!
Review by: Tanya on September 15, 2013
very informative
Review by: Patricia on September 14, 2013
It gave specific examples for intervention in a developmental sequence.
Review by: stephanie on September 13, 2013
i work with this population mainly
Review by: Miranda on September 11, 2013
I'm beginning to work more with children and this was very useful to set goals and train staff
Review by: Linda on September 6, 2013

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Course Presenter

emily rubin

Emily Rubin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Emily Rubin, M.S., CCC-SLP is the director of Communication Crossroads, a private practice in Carmel, California. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She is also a co-author of the clinical manual for the SCERTS Model, a comprehensive educational approach for children with autism spectrum disorders. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs serving children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disorders.

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