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Naturalistic, Focused Stimulation: Interventions for Communicative Impairments in Autism

Course: #10 Level: Intermediate 2 Hours

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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to articulate the theoretical rationale and key principles behind naturalistic, focused stimulation interventions for communication impairments in children with ASD.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to list resources for developing a program incorporating naturalistic, stimulation-based interventions for communication impairments in ASD.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to discuss what current research is available supporting the effectiveness of naturalistic treatments for autism.


0-10 Minutes Introduction
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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