The Role of the SLP in Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening and Assessment Recent prevalence estimates for autism have been alarming as a function of the notable increase. Speech-language pathologists play a critical role in screening, assessment and intervention for children with autism. This article reviews signs that may be indicative of autism at different stages of language development, and discusses the importance ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2008
The Role of the SLP in Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening and Assessment
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  • Amy Philofsky
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2008
The Role of the SLP in Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening and Assessment
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2008, Vol. 15, 50-59. doi:10.1044/lle15.2.50
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2008, Vol. 15, 50-59. doi:10.1044/lle15.2.50
Abstract

Recent prevalence estimates for autism have been alarming as a function of the notable increase. Speech-language pathologists play a critical role in screening, assessment and intervention for children with autism. This article reviews signs that may be indicative of autism at different stages of language development, and discusses the importance of several psychometric properties—sensitivity and specificity—in utilizing screening measures for children with autism. Critical components of assessment for children with autism are reviewed. This article concludes with examples of intervention targets for children with ASD at various levels of language development.

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