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Assessment of Children with Social Communication Disorders with Autism

presented by Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Gail J. Richard receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalties from published materials with PRO ED (LinguiSystems) and is the author of The Source for Selective Mutism.

Non-Financial: Gail J. Richard serves on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as President (2017) and Past President (2018).

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Impairment in social interaction is a core feature of autism spectrum disorders. The social isolation aspect of the disorder presents significant challenges when attempting to assess social communication skills. In the school setting, formal assessment procedures that yield a standard score for comparison to peers are often preferred to informal methodologies. This course will review some of the current formal assessment procedures, including checklists, which can be used in the school setting to document social communication deficits.

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Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP

Gail J Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, worked in the public schools in Iowa for four years before joining the faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where she has been for 35 years. She was Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences for 14 of those years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervising in the…

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1. Overview of Challenges in Assessment of Social Communication

Aberrant behaviors of social interaction are among the earliest signs of an autism spectrum disorder in young children. The major characteristics and impact of social deficits will be explained in this chapter.

2. Checklist Social Communication Assessment Options

Checklists allow caregivers and teachers to provide information regarding social interaction in various settings and with a variety of people. Observation instruments can generate a much fuller snapshot of a child’s social interaction and communication. A sample of options will be explained, including some that provide comparison data and others that provide informal clinical impressions.

3. Standardized Assessment Instruments for Social Communication

Assessment of social communication with standardized instruments can be challenging for individuals with ASD, but is certainly possible. Four example tests will be presented and then three case summaries will incorporate test results to determine treatment goals.

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