Many SLP's feel comfortable implementing child-centered, naturalistic, focused stimulation approaches to intervention for language disorders in young children. However, the relevance of such naturalistic methods has been challenged by practitioners advocating more structured, behavioral approaches for children with autistic spectrum disorders. In this seminar, the theoretical and research basis for naturalistic interventions will be detailed, and several such approaches outlined and compared. Suggestions for merging naturalistic and other approaches will be offered.
- Participants will be able to articulate the theoretical rationale and key principles behind naturalistic, focused stimulation interventions for communication impairments in children with ASD.
- Participants will be able to list resources for developing a program incorporating naturalistic, stimulation-based interventions for communication impairments in ASD.
- Participants will be able to discuss what current research is available supporting the effectiveness of naturalistic treatments for autism.
|0-5 Minutes||Special intervention challenges for autism|
|0-5 Minutes||Evidence-based practice, defining|
|0-10 Minutes||Behavioral intervention, rationale and efficacy|
|0-10 Minutes||Criticisms of behavioral intervention|
|0-10 Minutes||Defining outcomes: communicative competence|
|0-10 Minutes||Naturalistic approachesa. Theory of naturalistic interventions - Linguistic & Developmental Basis|
|0-15 Minutes||Overview of naturalistic techniques: a.Focused stimulationb.Following child's leadc.Creating participation opportunitiesd.Environmental modificationse.Family training|
|0-30 Minutes||Types of naturalistic approaches: Overview, efficacy dataa.Natural Language Paradigmb.Situated pragmaticsc.DIR Model, Floortimed.Hanen Programe.Pivotal Response Training|
|0-10 Minutes||Case Examples|
|0-10 Minutes||Challenges to naturalistic approaches & compatibility with behavioral ones|
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