April 2, 2024
“The Beautiful Colors of Carly Sparkly” painted by Jeremy Sicile-Kira

To honor this year’s World Autism Month, we’ve gathered some articles and podcasts on supporting autistic clients and students.

Explore ever-shifting perspectives, insights, and experiences of speech-language pathologists across the country, —many with lived experiences with autism—along with views from autistic advocates and clients.

Also check out the related events and resources.

Recasting Perseveration as Passion

An autistic SLP prioritizes her autistic clients’ special interests in treatment.

E-luminations: An AAC User Shares How Her Device Makes ‘Language Make More Sense’

Catlaina Vrana, an autistic adult, shares how growing up without the use of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device made communication challenging. Advocacy by  an SLP who advocated for her in high school has changed the way she communicates.

When There’s Dissent on Diagnosis, What Do You Do?

An SLP explains why she doesn’t hesitate to speak up when her school assessment team disagrees on an autism evaluation—and why.

Affirming Neurodivergence: No More ‘Quiet Hands’

An SLP changes her treatment approach to embrace and respect sensory needs, communication preferences, and special interests—and to presume competence.

Accepting Different Opinions About Autism
SLP Rachel Stotts and her son, Reese.

With autism at the center of her personal and professional life, an SLP seeks less divisiveness in the autism community.

Charting Paths: Supporting the Journey Beyond High School

Including students and parents on the IEP team for transition planning allows them to make decisions and self-advocate—but research shows a significant number of autistic students don’t actively participate in their transition planning meetings

Autistic Is Me

As the movement to embrace an autistic identity—and resist neuro-normative pressure and ableism—gathers steam, what are the implications for professional practice?

Don’t Change Autistic Play. Join In.

Participation in a neurodivergent child’s preferred play can prompt increased engagement, vocabulary, interactions, and learning.

Reconceptualizing How Autistic Children Bond Socially

What if instead of advising autistic children to make friends neurotypical-style, we ask what they want from friendship? A researcher shares what she’s learned.

ASHA Voices: Why Some Autistic People Choose AAC and Oral Speech

Autistic advocate endever* corbin (who uses lower-case letters and an asterisk as part of their name) and SLP Amy Donaldson, an associate professor at Portland State University, are supporting communication access for all autistic people—some of whom may choose to use AAC when communicating orally is an option.

New Animated PBS Kids Show to Feature Neurodivergent Main Character and Friends
Some Toddlers With Autism May Lose the Diagnosis as Children
CDC Expands Autism Tracking Sites
Most ASD Transition Plans for Teens Don’t Address Housing
Routine Newborn Hearing Test Could Aid Autism Screening



Moving From Surviving to Thriving: Autistic individuals share regional perspectives. The United Nations hosts a free event on World Autism Day. The virtual gathering  on Tuesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) features autistic speakers from around the world. Registration required.

Eric Garcia, Author of “We're Not Broken”: The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) World Autism Month event will feature Eric Garcia, author of “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation,” as part of its Rodbell lecture series. The free event, open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 11, 11 a.m. to noon (ET) at thein Durham, North Carolina.

Sound Tracks: An Artistic Journey to Belonging. Hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Office of National Autism Coordination (ONAC), this hybrid event includes the film “Sound Tracks,” featuring autistic photographer Blair Bunting, autistic violinist Laura Nadine, and neurodivergent filmmaker John Schaffer, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Join the free event on Tuesday, April 16, 2––4 p.m. (ET)—in person on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, or virtually through NIH VideoCast.

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