Autism: Understand, Counsel, and Support

Presented by Alyssa Williams M.S. CCC-SLP

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Course Description

This presentation identifies and discusses specific early pre-verbal, verbal, and social features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and common co-occurring factors. It discusses when to refer a child for an autism evaluation and how to communicate with your client’s caregiver. The presenters will discuss ASD-specific assessments that may be utilized in an evaluation. The presentation […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Alyssa graduated from Purdue University where she earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in speech-language pathology with highest distinction. She has always held a passion for children and has worked with kids across all ages. In addition to her education, Alyssa has worked in the school system with preschool to high school-aged students, and at a private practice. Alyssa is a member of the autism evaluation and treatment team, and has been trained in administration of the ADOS-2 assessment. She also has experience treating individuals with a variety of disorders and delays, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, stuttering, phonology and articulation, apraxia of speech, receptive-expressive language disorders, Down syndrome, early intervention for speech and language delays, and children with AAC.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the characteristics of what autism is and what autism is not.
  2. Decide when to refer for an autism evaluation and how to communicate these concerns with a caregiver.
  3. Explain the difference between natural language acquisition and analytic language acquisition.
  4. Demonstrate how to collaborate with other disciplines and how an autistic child may benefit from a variety of therapy disciplines.
  5. Describe how to write goals, implement treatment approaches, and educate caregivers while considering autism inclusivity.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - DSM-V: What is autism?
  • 0:15 - When to refer, evaluation process
  • 0:25 - Natural language acquisition vs. analytic language learners
  • 0:35 - Goal writing
  • 0:40 - Treatment approach, collaboration with other disciplines (feeding therapy, occupational therapy, etc)
  • 0:50 - Counseling parents: What will this look like for my child?
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

SLPs who work with children.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

This course will be available for CEUs until June 24, 2027.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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