Course Introduction

Chances are, pretty much any SLP in pediatric practice will have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on caseload, so this topic is a really important one for all of us. Autism is associated with unique profiles of strengths, abilities, and needs, all of which may affect the services we need to provide. We have to make sure the assessment and intervention methods we’re using are appropriate and effective—not just for students like language disorders in general, but for those with ASD in particular. The collected research reviews below describe the overall language profiles you may encounter in your clients with autism (expressive-receptive gap, anyone?), as well as narrative and social skills. After that, reviews of research on assessment practices and a variety of intervention techniques will give you ideas you can take back to your speech room on Monday.

Learning Outcomes & Details

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe characteristics of expressive and receptive language, and its developmental trajectory, in children with autism.

  2. Describe evidence-based options for the evaluation of language in children with autism.

  3. Describe evidence-based options for the evaluation of language disorder in children with autism, including narrative and grammar treatment options.

Course Type: Text; Web or downloadable PDF

Time: This is an hour course.

ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Completion Requirements: Read the full course, then take a quiz at the end. Must pass with a score of 80% or better (two attempts allowed).


Questions? See our frequently asked questions.


Course edited and compiled by:

Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is owner of The Informed SLP and faculty at Rockhurst University. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from The Informed SLP and Rockhurst University. Nonfinancial Disclosure— Vice President of Speech–Language Pathology for the Kansas Speech–Language–Hearing Association Board; Board member of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Karen Evans, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech–language pathologist at Intermediate District 287, and employee of The Informed SLP. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from Intermediate District 287 and The Informed SLP. Nonfinancial Disclosure— None.

Full research and writing team bios can be found here. The Informed SLP’s researchers and writers are prohibited from having any financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content they research and report on.

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This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).