Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: SLP Overview and Interventions

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: SLP Overview and Interventions 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 54 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This continuing education module is designed to help speech-language pathologists (SLPs) understand how to integrate traditional and alternative therapies for the best possible outcomes. Interventions as diverse as diet, applied behavior analysis (ABA), video modeling, and medication are explored. Behavioral interventions and social skills training are honed for use in the classroom and SLP office. New methods for handling behavioral challenges are described. 


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Relias LLC

Intermediate level; Professional Area Level

0.15 ASHA CEUs

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-TCA
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify new and effective methods for teaching social skills in the context of speech therapy.
Define techniques designed to empower the child with self-management skills.
Describe techniques to address challenging behavior in the child with ASD, including using peers as advocates.
Describe the evidence of dietary interventions to treat autism.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder



Definition and Diagnosis



Current Research


Section 3: Treatment Considerations and Some Approaches

General Considerations

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Technology-Based Interventions

Sensory-Based/Sensory-Motor Treatments



Section 4: Behavioral Intervention Approaches

Behavioral Issues

Overview of Behavioral Interventions

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Naturalistic Behavioral Approaches



Section 5: Relationship-Based and Social Communication Interventions

Relationship-Based Interventions

Social Communication Interventions



Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Louanne Waldron, M.S., CCC-SLP

Louanne received both her M.A. in Communicative Disorders and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama.  She has over 18 years of experience in clinical settings including pediatric and adult outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, private schools, home health, and acute care.  She has held multiple leadership roles with direct impact on clinical training and oversight of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists.  She has focused extensive study in the area of diagnostics and treatment of Dysphagia as well as treating patients with multiple complexities.

Disclosure: Louanne Waldron, M.S., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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