ASHA Autism Symposium at Worldwide Conference The ASHA-sponsored Symposium on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) held in August in Athens, Greece, was an intriguing global event that addressed assessment and intervention strategies for young children and adolescents with ASD. The National Institute for ... ASHA News
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ASHA Autism Symposium at Worldwide Conference
The ASHA Leader, November 2010, Vol. 15, 7. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.15132010.7
The ASHA Leader, November 2010, Vol. 15, 7. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.15132010.7
The ASHA-sponsored Symposium on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) held in August in Athens, Greece, was an intriguing global event that addressed assessment and intervention strategies for young children and adolescents with ASD.
The National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) funded the participation of five international faculty and seven travel award fellows. More than 900 professionals in communication sciences and disorders from more than 50 countries attended the symposium, which followed the IALP’s main presentation by Tony Charman of the United Kingdom on “Developmental Approaches to Understanding and Treating Autism.”
The IALP World Congress, held every three years, brings together professionals from different countries and cultures to influence the development of communication disorders treatment on a global scale. The Congress programs include presentations by internationally renowned speakers from throughout the world, covering all aspects of communication, voice, speech-language pathology, audiology, and swallowing.
Symposium presenters addressed autism research and clinical practice strategies being used in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel, and the United States. Topics included:
  • Assessment in Adolescents With ASD—FernandaFernandes (Brazil)

  • Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Challenges and Difficulties on the Road to Inclusion—Kenneth Sin (Hong Kong)

  • Cattle Prods to Chelation: Navigating the Maze of Autism Interventions and the Role of Evidence-Based Practice and Speech-Language Pathology in Early Intervention for Children with Autism—Jacqueline Roberts (Australia)

  • Joint Construction of Stories by High-Functioning Children with ASD, Using Technological Settings Designed to Enhance Peer Interaction: Implications for Assessment and Intervention Planning—Rachel Yifat (Israel)

  • Global Perspectives in ASD: Summation and Next Steps—Linda Watson (United States)

The travel awardees, all from the United States, presented the following poster sessions:
  • Allied Health Care Providers’ Role in Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders—Patricia Self

  • The Nature of Verbal Communication Interactions with Toddlers in Child Care—Jeanne McMillan

  • A Preliminary Investigation of Eye-Gaze Patterns on Fast-mapping Abilities of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder—DaiquariCrumrine

  • The Use (or not) of Prosody During Sentence Comprehension in Children with ASD—Margaret Kjelgaard-Rockcastle

  • A Culturally Responsive Intervention Program for Preschoolers with Autism Using a Play-Based Family Systems Model—Jonise Brown

  • Word Learning in Children with Autism: The Role of Attention—Allison Bean

  • Speech-Language Pathologists’ Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis: A Survey—Julie Ray

The symposium was moderated by Lemmietta McNeilly, ASHA chief staff officer for speech-language pathology, and IoannisVogioundroukas, a speech and language therapist of Thessaloniki, Greece, who also presented on autism at the IALP Congress. The joint international effort between ASHA and IALP was a unique opportunity for CSD professionals from across the globe to communicate about research and clinical practices in ASD.
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