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Course # 5768
Visual Strategies to Overcome Behavior Challenges in ASD

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Most students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), such as Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and related communication challenges, are visual learners. The use of visual strategies, including a range of low tech to high tech like iPads and Apps, capitalizes on their strengths and alters many communication and behavior difficulties related to time, travel and transition. This course defines the need and demonstrates practical examples for helping students participate successfully in life opportunities.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on February 13, 2013


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify significant factors in student learning style that support the use of visual strategies.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify situations where visual strategies can affect the student's ability to participate successfully.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe specific visual supports that have significantly improved student participation and behavior.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Introduction to communication - Visual Strategies – low & high tech
10-15 Minutes Communication Skills in the Targeted Population
15-20 Minutes Evidence-based research
20-50 Minutes Samples and Examples of Visual Strategies
50-55 Minutes Educational Issues
55-60 Minutes Questions & Answers

Average Rating

(437 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 437 reviews

Review by: Janie on March 22, 2015
Review by: Sara on March 22, 2015
information, functional examples
Review by: Alexis on March 17, 2015
Easy to follow along and useful techniques. Would have liked to hear more advanced or unique techniques.
Review by: Kristen on February 26, 2015
Broadened my perspective about use of visuals and introduced new possibilities for addressing behavioral issues.
Review by: Natalie on January 28, 2015
She was easy to listen to and was awesome at keeping your attention.
Review by: Chelsea on January 10, 2015
Practical knowledge.
Review by: Mary on December 31, 2014
The presenter is overflowing with knowledge and every day applications....apps....lol.
Review by: Amy on December 30, 2014
Well organized and applicable to my work
Review by: Carol on December 26, 2014
I could easily relate to it in my practice.
Review by: Cynthia on December 24, 2014
Great information that can be used in practice immediately. Great resources.
Review by: Winifred on December 24, 2014
Excellent use of anecdotal information to apply theory:)
Review by: Alex on December 21, 2014
The information provided on how to use visual strategies (not just introducing you to various types of visual support --- but how you implement them!)
Review by: Pamela on December 15, 2014
great examples
Review by: Kelcie on December 12, 2014
The organization of presented information and practical strategies.
Review by: Valerio on December 8, 2014
I liked that she introduced the most recent research on some autistic children perceiving sounds a fraction of a second later than normal developing peers in addition to the unique brain wave patterns.
Review by: Rebecca on December 2, 2014
Resources and examples provided
Review by: April on December 1, 2014
Presenter was very clear, easy to listen to
Review by: Rosanne on November 30, 2014
The presenter was organized and interesting.
Review by: Amanda on November 28, 2014
Great review
Review by: Taylor on November 27, 2014
Great, engaging presenter. Provided great examples and tools that can be used right away!
Review by: Jessica on October 29, 2014
The pictures on the PowerPoint to demonstrate the way she recommends using visual supports with children.
Review by: Kim on October 26, 2014
All! research/brain info, practical examples, emphasis on 3 key problem issues
Review by: Kristi on October 18, 2014
Review by: Beth on October 16, 2014
I thought this course was excellent because the material was clearly explained. It had a lot of useful and practical information explained clearly..
Review by: Leah on October 16, 2014
Very well presented and informative.
Review by: katie on October 1, 2014
Excellent information!
Review by: Grace on September 19, 2014
Clear and concise, Good information for SLP's just beginning to deal with students on the autism spectrum
Review by: Ashley on September 8, 2014
Presentation was clear. I really enjoyed the examples of the clients and visual strategies that were used.
Review by: Rubi on August 11, 2014
Great examples of situations.
Review by: Angela on August 8, 2014
I enjoy the real life stories and solutions shared.
Review by: Courtney on July 30, 2014
Relevant examples.
Review by: Tricia on July 26, 2014
I can definitely use the information learned in this course and apply it to my current practice.
Review by: Delores on July 20, 2014
Wonderful presentation! The presenter highlighted how time, travel and transitions negatively impacted the behavior of children with ASD - and offered strategies to solve those problemsl She also stressed the importance of using visuals to help aleviate their anxiety levels when faced with they are going to be faced with the unknown.
Review by: Jennifer on June 29, 2014
It was good rationale and reasoning for visual strategies. I would've liked more concrete examples in the context of how you use them.
Review by: Joyce on June 23, 2014
she gave examples
Review by: Phyllis on June 4, 2014
Discussed in detail some practical ways to use visual strategies/
Review by: Kayla on May 20, 2014
Good examples of a variety of visual schedules.
Review by: Diana on May 18, 2014
Liked the way it was related to time, travel and transition. Presenter had good insight in to how to help the child with ASD.
Review by: Kimberly on May 10, 2014
I liked the way visual tools were broken into the three categories.
Review by: Seana on April 24, 2014
I enjoyed the rate, but I was expecting more techniques as opposed to kind of an intro course.
Review by: Lauren on April 11, 2014
I loved how she presented multiple examples of how to use these techniques to help with transitions.
Review by: Tania on April 8, 2014
The course was well structured and informative.
Review by: Kim on April 8, 2014
Many great examples of visual strategies to use with this population.
Review by: Meghann on March 10, 2014
Really took in all of the great information I was given and plan on using more visuals with the work I do. Wish I could have her come visit some of the schools I work at. Anyway, I really enjoyed learning how to access and use visual tools.
Review by: Emily on March 2, 2014
great info
Review by: Analea on February 26, 2014
Review by: Mary on February 8, 2014
Review by: Janelle on January 22, 2014
I liked the personal examples the presenter provided. Also, the handout helped following along with the presentation.
Review by: Fernando on January 3, 2014
Informative,nice pace, friendly sounding presenter, related to may work with many kiddos with ASD
Review by: Amber on January 1, 2014
Very exciting new info
Review by: Cheryl on December 31, 2013
thorough, practical, specific, helpful -- overall an outstanding presentation with techniques that can be implemented immediately.
Review by: Elizabeth on December 30, 2013
Great information and it was well presented.
Review by: Colette on December 30, 2013
practical information about expanding on use of visuals
Review by: Marian on December 29, 2013
The presenter's controlled rate of speech, use of relatable examples, and her use of anecdotes.
Review by: Barbara on December 22, 2013
Concrete examplesHelpful research citations
Review by: DeeAnne on December 20, 2013
Great applicable information.
Review by: Elaine on December 13, 2013
her great belief that this will be effective!
Review by: Kimberly on December 10, 2013
It is always a great affirmation when someone talks about how all communication partners should be active members in a student's communication methods (including visual strategies for the various forms of communication). iPads and technology have become a standard for parent's to purchase and then ask the SLP to 'make it communicate' for the student.
Review by: Robin on December 9, 2013
Excellent examples of ways schedules, visual supports changed a child's behavior
Review by: Sandra on December 8, 2013
Helpful suggestions on using new technology
Review by: Katharine on December 6, 2013
Even though I have used numerous visual strategies in the past, this course reinforced for me the importance of using those strategies with the ASD population and how essential it is to play the role of the advocate for their use with other communication partners. I also learned about a few new ways to use my new iPad. :)
Review by: Ingrid on December 4, 2013
Easy to follow the presentation/information
Review by: Susie on December 4, 2013
Broader definition of visual supports given.
Review by: nargess on December 2, 2013
nice examples
Review by: Kimberly on November 30, 2013
Applicable and pertinent information that is research based and in accordance with ASHA's Best Practices
Review by: Heather on November 23, 2013
the resources and information in this course are invaluable!! Can't wait to share what I have learned.
Review by: Melissa on November 15, 2013
Giving examples of different tools to use to improve comprehension of the ASD student.
Review by: Marcia on November 15, 2013
materials were clear. New info regarding best practices and helping teachers and parents being justifiable service.
Review by: Georgia on November 11, 2013
Great examples and clear explanations
Review by: Barbara on November 10, 2013
good information easily understood
Review by: Claire on November 9, 2013
Reinforces my current practice
Review by: Shani on November 6, 2013
well presented
Review by: Erica on November 3, 2013
Provided a variety of examples
Review by: Maxene on October 29, 2013
gave me ideas to use with students
Review by: Katy on October 20, 2013
Easy to follow. Good examples of how to incorporate visuals.
Review by: Amy on October 19, 2013
Review by: Ashley on October 11, 2013
The explanation of how a visual could be used in a variety of ways. Also, bring the attention to upcoming events--- there is more to Christmas than what we think! Great example!
Review by: Vanessa on October 9, 2013
The Apps and visual ideas
Review by: Stephanie on October 9, 2013
The examples on visual strategies and how we can influence all that become communication partners
Review by: Kimberly on October 8, 2013
It flowed nicely with the slides
Review by: Art on October 6, 2013
Clear, concise, and practical information.
Review by: Jennifer on October 2, 2013
Review by: Lori on September 29, 2013
Very applicable to my work with ASD kids. Using visuals already but encouraged to more.
Review by: Annaly on September 28, 2013
Examples of visual strategies to implement.
Review by: Karrie on September 27, 2013
The presenter provided new information I hadn't heard before on this topic.
Review by: Ashley on September 25, 2013
The presenter was very passionate and educated in the information she provided.
Review by: Barbara on September 22, 2013
The course provided a nice introduction of when and why to use visual strategies.
Review by: Kathleen on September 17, 2013
Individual student case examples
Review by: Jessica on September 11, 2013
Information was concise and appropriate for my needs.
Review by: Kristin on September 5, 2013
Explanation of difficulties with Time, Travel, Transitions
Review by: Tami on August 28, 2013
Quick and informational
Review by: Margaret on August 21, 2013
Practical use of iPhone apps.Compassionate/realistic view of folks on the AS.
Review by: Shirley on August 18, 2013
the presenter gave so many examples that brought the strategies to life.
Review by: Mindy on August 10, 2013
Good information but probably more a "beginner" level course.
Review by: Kelly on July 29, 2013
Very practical information with lots of examples!
Review by: Susan on July 25, 2013
The presenter provided easy to implement applications with clear instructions
Review by: Patrick on July 18, 2013
The course provided concrete examples of what visual strategies to use in certain situations.
Review by: Deb on July 16, 2013
well-organized and great functional ideas
Review by: Nuncia on July 16, 2013
Practical strategies and excellent reasons as to why visual tools work for students with ASD
Review by: Karin on July 15, 2013

Course Information

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Course Presenter

linda hodgdon

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies to support communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related learning needs. Her programs are packed with best-practices and practical, effective ideas for improving communication and behavior. She is the author of Visual Strategies for Improving Communication and Solving Behaviors in Autism, two of the most recommended books in the field. Linda is the Director of Cornerstone Communication Center, an organization that provides consultation, training, and professional development with the goal of improving communication.

Disclosure: Financial: Linda Hodgdon received an honorarium from SpeechPathology.com for this presenation. She is the publisher of QuirkRoberts Publishing (publishes Visual Strategies for Improving Communication and Solving Behavior Problems in Autism) and the website AutismFamilyOnline.com, which are referred to as resources in this presentation. Nonfinancial: She has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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