Continuum of Treatment Approaches for Children with Autism

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Presenter: Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Preview:
There are a variety of educational interventions and techniques that are used to improve the outcomes for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research suggests that there is evidence to support the effectiveness of educational interventions that vary in theoretical framework and implementation. Overlap between the techniques used in educational interventions that vary in theoretical framework has also been reviewed in the literature. The purpose of this presentation is to briefly review and compare the continuum of educational interventions (Behavioral and Developmental) for children with autism. Theoretical framework, defined techniques, and practical implementation of these interventions will be discussed. Treatment approaches that are considered hybrid will be reviewed. The intention of this review is to provide clinicians with basic information on interventions available, some of the components of these interventions, and an overview of the research on intervention techniques. It is not the intention to endorse or refute any of the interventions or to provide training in the implementation of these interventions. 


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

  • Summarize the continuum of interventions for children with autism
  • Describe similarities and differences between interventions for children with autism
  • Identify a variety of treatment techniques
  • Formulate  how to choose an intervention program
About Anna: Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed SLP in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She provides individual and group training to families with children with autism, individualized speech and language services, and training to professionals working with children with autism. Prior to starting her own practice, Anna was Director of the Autism Program at the Hearing and Speech Institute, where in collaboration with Brooke Ingersool, she developed ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers), (Guilford Publications, 2010). Anna has experience in conducting research on the efficacy of treatment methodologies, presenting information on treatments for children with autism, and training professionals to use naturalistic treatment approaches.  She has published articles on early intervention for children with autism. Anna's website is
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

15 Minutes:  Introduction and Core Deficits of ASD

15 Minutes:  Overview of Educational Interventions for Children with Autism

30 Minutes:  Naturalistic Behavior Approaches

30 Minutes:  Social Pragmatic Developmental Approaches

30 Minutes:  Hybrid Approaches

30 Minutes:  Research

30 Minutes:  Brief Review of Interventions to promote peer interactions

15 Minutes:  How to select the appropriate intervention

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

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