To practice in the state of Texas, SLPs must also hold a Texas state license. Because autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a social communication disorder, children identified with autism require the service of an SLP. Asperger’s Syndrome: Guidelines for treatment and intervention. Many children with ASD can regulate their caregiver’s behaviors by requesting or protesting; they may also label objects and events in the environment or talk in full sentences. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45(4), 672–686.
Some of these children can perform within normal limits on standardized tests of speech or language, particularly if the assessment only requires them to look at and respond to static pictures.
Therefore, in the determination of a disability in the area of autism, standardized assessment tools are only a starting point and should be used in conjunction with parent and teacher interviews, observations in multiple context (e.g., 1:1 and group interactions with familiar and unfamiliar persons, interactions with adults and with peers), and informal communication and language samples.
The six subtests address the following areas: Making Inferences, Predicting, Determining Causes, Sequencing, Negative Questions, and Problem Solving.
Individually administered, norm-referenced assessment of critical thinking abilities based on students’ language strategies, using logic and experience Consists of one examiner manual Yields age equivalents, percentile rank, and standard score for each subtest as well as the total test Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) are nationally certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Teaching developmentally disabled children: The me book.
In its 2006 Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders across the Life Span [Technical Report], the ASHA stated, “Given the importance of social communication in the diagnosis of ASD, the SLP plays an important role in both screening and diagnosis” (p. Therefore, SLPs should be specifically trained in areas that assist with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, including social communication, social interaction, restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities.
As a member of the multidisciplinary team, the SLP administers standardized assessment tools in the areas of speech and language functioning and should be skilled in providing informal assessments of social communication to determine a disability in the area of speech, language, or social communication. For example, an informal communication assessment could include the range of communicative intentions, cohesion, responsiveness to speech (i.e., the proportion of adult utterances to which the child responds), mean length of utterance (MLU), echolalia, pronoun use, discourse management (e.g., topic maintenance, turn taking, appropriate topic shifts), register variation (i.e., using appropriate language forms with different conversational partners and in varying situations), and presupposition (i.e., the understanding of what it is reasonable to assume the communication partner knows) (Paul, 2007). Profiles of social communicative competence in middle school children with Asperger’s Syndrome: Two case studies. What is analyzed is determined by the student’s age and language abilities. Social communication moves beyond words and grammatical correctness. It includes such skills as back-and-forth social interaction, pointing, sharing information, conversation, perspective-taking, and understanding social situations. Emanuel Miller lecture: Confusions and controversies about Asperger syndrome. Last year, Isabella took 7 math tests and received 7 different scores, each an integer between 91 and 100, inclusive. Later, we can add to her score to obtain the real answer.After each test she noticed that the average of her test scores was an integer. From this point of view, the problem states that Isabella's score on the seventh test was .In addition, rate of communication, range of communicative functions expressed (i.e., behavior regulatory functions versus social functions), and responsiveness to speech and gestures can be measured, and an assessment for use of an augmentative communication device (AAC) can be performed. Principles for speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders across the life span [Technical Report]. References American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Facilitating early social communication skills: From theory to practice. Provides information on autism, including assessment.