Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC– SLP
In this workshop, we will discuss the kinds of challenges in communication, language, and speech that are typically seen in children on the autism spectrum. The continuum of possibilities from challenges in non-verbal to verbal communication, comprehension to production, and language structure to language function will be reviewed. Typical profiles of children on the spectrum will be used to illustrate the range of possible language and communication difficulties these children often present. The use of unconventional forms of communication, such as echolalia and scripting will be discussed from the perspective of how these forms provide a child’s entrée into language.