presented by Gail J. Richard
Financial: Gail J. Richard receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalties from published materials with PRO ED (LinguiSystems) and is the author of The Source for Selective Mutism.
Non-Financial: Gail J. Richard serves on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as President (2017) and Past President (2018).
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP
Gail J Richard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, worked in the public schools in Iowa for four years before joining the faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where she has been for 35 years. She was Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences for 14 of those years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervising in the…Read full bio
1. Overview of Challenges in Assessment of Social Communication
Aberrant behaviors of social interaction are among the earliest signs of an autism spectrum disorder in young children. The major characteristics and impact of social deficits will be explained in this chapter.
2. Checklist Social Communication Assessment Options
Checklists allow caregivers and teachers to provide information regarding social interaction in various settings and with a variety of people. Observation instruments can generate a much fuller snapshot of a child’s social interaction and communication. A sample of options will be explained, including some that provide comparison data and others that provide informal clinical impressions.
3. Standardized Assessment Instruments for Social Communication
Assessment of social communication with standardized instruments can be challenging for individuals with ASD, but is certainly possible. Four example tests will be presented and then three case summaries will incorporate test results to determine treatment goals.