It's a Family Affair: Social Communication in Children with ASD

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Amy Donaldson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Improving social communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often the focus of intervention. However, generalization of skills can be a challenge. Recently, two intervention methods for targeting social communication have been found efficacious: peer-mediated intervention and video modeling. At PSU's Speech, Language & Hearing clinic we have been combining these methods to create a 'hybrid' social communication intervention, where the sibling of the child with ASD serves as the 'peer'. As such, this presentation will focus on the following: 1) discussion of social communication skills, particularly related to ASD; 2) examination of sibling-mediated intervention; and 3) examination of video modeling. Review of empirical evidence, as well as clinical application will be emphasized.


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

  • Describe the social communication deficits demonstrated by children with ASD
  • Identify use of peer / sibling-mediated intervention methods, as well as the research regarding its effectiveness
  • Summarize an understanding of the use of video modeling intervention methods, as well as the research regarding its effectiveness
About Amy: Amy L. Donaldson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU) and Director of PSU Autism and Child Language Disorders Laboratory. Her research focuses on the assessment and intervention of social communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the natural environment, as well as intervention efficacy.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

5 minutes: Introduction and Overview
15 minutes: Discussion of Social Communicative Behaviors and Profile of Children with ASD
15 minutes: Review of Current Empirically Based Interventions for Social Communication
55 minutes: Video Modeling

  • Background
  • Research Base
  • Implementation
  • Outcomes

55 minutes Sibling-mediated Intervention

  • Background
  • Research Base
  • Implementation
  • Outcomes

25 minutes: 'Hybrid' Intervention Model
10 minutes: Questions / Discussion

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Amy Donaldson is a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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