1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Target Audiences
Speech-Language Pathology
Communication Health Assistant


Time & Length of Session
Afternoon Sessions

Early Intervention Changes Developmental Trajectories for Young Children With Suspected ASD

The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the sessions.

Speech-language pathologists are in a unique position to identify young children (between 12 and 24 months of age) with at-risk signs of social communication delays/difficulties. When evidence-based intervention is provided in natural environments using developmental principles, families can effect significant changes. This session will describe early at-risk signs for children (under 16 months of age) with suspected ASD and will showcase the improvements of three families who were provided with early intervention. The presenter will share resources for early identification and intervention materials.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify the early at-risk signs for children with suspected ASD.
  2. Demonstrate an increased awareness of the importance of evidence-based intervention provided in natural environments.
  3. Understand the value of early parent-based coaching as a means to change developmental trajectories for young children with signs of ASD.

Robin Gaines