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ASD & Reading Comprehension Part 3: Integrating Social Communication and Behavior

presented by Sylvia Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Financial: Sylvia Diehl receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Part 3: Integrating Social Communication and Behavior is the third and last course in this series. It features a case example of a middle school student and an intervention plan which integrates goals related to reading comprehension, behavior, and social communication. This course highlights the use of literacy as a framework for addressing inference and perspective based behavior and communication challenges. Reading comprehension areas include summarization, inference, and character perspective.

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Sylvia Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida, where she taught courses in autism, pediatric language and augmentative and alternative communication and was the team leader in the language/phonology clinic. She was also a member of the USF, Interdisciplinary Center for…

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1. Case Example: Brent

This chapter introduces a case example of a middle school child with autism. This young man has challenges in reading comprehension, communication and behavior. The chapter addresses selection of reading material that frames intervention that encompasses the integration of communication and social behavior goals.

2. Summarizing

Children with ASD often have difficulty selecting pertinent information from reading materials in order to summarize, which is recognized by the National Reading Panel (2001). This chapter uses the case example to apply intervention strategies that address summarization. Strategies reflect recommendations from the autism literature and from the National Reading Panel.

3. Character Perspective

This chapter continues the application of reading comprehension intervention strategies using this case example. The strategies target character perspective within the text along with application of this skill to real life situations. Understanding character perspective reflects the difficulty that children with ASD have with imagining what others are thinking. Strategies reflect recommendations from the autism literature and from the National Reading Panel.

4. Inference

This chapter applies the ability to infer knowledge from text to the case example and in real life. The ability to infer knowledge from a text may reflect weak central coherence, which is often seen in children with ASD. Strategies reflect recommendations from the autism literature and from the National Reading Panel.

5. Combining Goals and Interventions to Meet Reading Comprehension and Social Goals

This chapter describes an intervention framework which allows the clinician to address reading comprehension and social goals simultaneously. This allows speech language pathologists to use their time efficiently when addressing social communication and reading comprehension goals, which often coexist in children with ASD.

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