First Steps for the S-LP: The Infant-Toddler Showing At-Risk Signs for ASD

Robin Gaines, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathology
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Presented by Robin Gaines, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Intended audience: S-LPs and students

This session pertains to: Pre-school aged children (0-5)

Level: Intermediate (Assumes general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)

A visit to a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) may be the ‘first step’ in a family’s journey towards recognizing that their child has developmental differences in early social communication skills. The S-LP plays a number of roles as she/he works with the family.  

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify stages/ages for typical social communication development in children under two years of age.
  2. Recognize the at-risk signs of ASD and understand how these signs may evolve for infants and toddlers, using video examples from Dr. Amy Wetherby’s work.
  3. Apply strategies for building a positive relationship to promote the family’s acceptance of future steps.
  4. Identify first intervention goals and priorities for a family.