Language Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
Presenter: Diane L. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Associate Professor, Anna Rangos Rizakus Chair for Health Sciences & Ethics,Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Course Description: Research is leading to new understanding of the way individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) learn and process language. These findings can inform the design of interventions that accommodate the way the brains of individuals with ASD function. This conference will review this research and a neurofunctional model of autism to the development of language from infancy through adulthood. Strategies will be given for language acquisition and for individuals who are verbal but have difficulty with the comprehension and use of some language forms.
At the conclusion of this presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Discuss recent findings from behavioral and neuroimaging research on cognitive and linguistic processing in children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
2. Describe the developmental implications of the neurofunctional differences associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on cognitive and linguistic processing.
3. Apply these research findings to the design of language intervention for children, adolescents, and adults with autism at various functioning levels.