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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Roles of the SLP in Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Tina K. Veal
(Sponsored through OSHA for .60 ASHA CEUs)
Differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is now within the scope of practice for SLPs. This is an uncomfortable position for many SLPs, however, who agree that it takes years of experience working with individuals with autism to feel competent to make this diagnosis. This workshop will review the diagnostic criteria for ASDs, how they are changing, and what this means for the SLP. Video will be incorporated to illustrate the key differential diagnostic traits that assist in making a specific and accurate diagnosis. The workshop will also address important treatment strategies for addressing social-communication aspects of ASDs, and the critical role of theory of mind in remediation.
Dr. Tina K. Veale is Professor and Program Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Midwestern University. Dr. Veale has served as a teacher, researcher, administrator, and consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders and other conditions resulting in child language impairment. Previous university faculty appointments have included Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Veale owned a private clinic offering speech-language pathology and audiology services in Cincinnati, Ohio for 28 years. Additionally, she founded Wee Talk, an integrated preschool program for children with developmental disabilities in Cincinnati from 1991-1999.
Dr. Veale has worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist, educational consultant, behavioral consultant, special educator, and clinical case manager for many years. Her research efforts include analyses of the effectiveness of auditory integration training upon the language skills and behaviors of individuals with autism, basic research into the psycholinguistic aspects of language learning in children within the autism spectrum, and an analysis of differential diagnostic traits of individuals in the autism spectrum. Dr. Veale is a well-known speaker at local, state, and national conferences regarding issues of interest to families and professionals working with children presenting autism spectrum disorders.
The presenter has no financial relationship to the content of this presentation.