Assessing Communication in High Functioning Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be seen at a range of severity levels in terms of their autistic symptomotology and their communication skills. This paper will address the issues of identifying and describing the communication strengths and needs of school-aged children with ASD who function at the ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Assessing Communication in High Functioning Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
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  • Rhea Paul
    Southern Conn. State University, New Haven, CT
    Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2005
Assessing Communication in High Functioning Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2005, Vol. 6, 14-20. doi:10.1044/sbi6.3.14
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2005, Vol. 6, 14-20. doi:10.1044/sbi6.3.14
Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be seen at a range of severity levels in terms of their autistic symptomotology and their communication skills. This paper will address the issues of identifying and describing the communication strengths and needs of school-aged children with ASD who function at the higher end of the spectrum. These students often present a dilemma for SLPs: their formal language skills may be average to superior, and it can often be difficult to document their need for speech-language services. Yet, social communication deficits are often their most debilitating symptoms, and professionals within the school setting, other than speech-language pathologists (SLPs), are typically unprepared and ill-equipped to address these needs. Some strategies that can help the SLP document the social communication difficulties commonly seen in these students at early (developmental level: 3:8) and more advanced language levels will be outlined here.
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