Don’t miss this great conference, Promoting Effective Communication in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: From Research to Practice on Friday March 23rd in Plainview, New York.  Conference Sessions include:

Strategies for Promoting Vocalizations and Speech as well as Enhancing Intelligibility in Children with Autism: Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The development of speech is often a significant challenge for many learners with autism. In fact, 30-50 % of children with autism may not develop functional speech. For many, direct instruction is often necessary to establish a vocal and verbal repertoire.

This workshop will provide an overview of the challenges often present in acquiring speech in learners with autism. Strategies for promoting vocal and verbal skills in children with little or no speech will be presented. Programming to enhance speech intelligibility, fluency and suprasegmental aspects of speech will also be addressed.

Anxiety in Autism: The Impact of Anxiety on Social and Communication Skills in Individuals with Autism: Jan Downey, M.A., CCC-SLP, Joanne Sgambati, Ph.D., BCBA

Key diagnostic characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are impaired social and communication skills and delayed and/or disordered development of language. Anxiety is characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components in response to stress. An anxiety disorder may be identified when the anxiety becomes excessive. Anxiety can also exacerbate a variety of behaviors that individuals with ASD may exhibit such as aggression, self injury, obsessions or compulsions and stereotypy. Individuals with both ASD and anxiety demonstrate complex behaviors that interfere with the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately. The estimated prevalence of anxiety disorders in individuals on the autism spectrum varies from 11% to 84%. This presentation will focus on treatment methodologies utilizing the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis along with cognitive behavioral therapy and systematic desensitization. Videos depicting individuals who present with co-occurring ASD and an anxiety disorder will be shown.

Social Skills Across The Elementary And Secondary Ages/Stages: Dana Battaglia, M.Phil. CCC-SLP

By virtue of diagnosis, Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder possess deficits in social skills. How these deficits manifest at different ages and stages varies across individuals and settings. This session will provide an overview of social skills in elementary and secondary education settings. Assessment will be discussed, and strategies for goal development will be provided.

 iPads & iTouch Tools for Promoting Language and Communication in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Mary Bainor, M.A., CCC-SLP

According to the DSM-IV-TR, criteria for autism describe core dysfunction in three areas: 1) Social Interaction 2) Communication 3) Behavior. There is an increasing evidentiary basis for the use of technology in teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This talk will explore the effectiveness of technology, including the iPad and iTouch, in increasing speech, language and communication skills for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Specific applications that address a variety of language concepts will be discussed. The use of iPad and iTouch as a communication system will also be explored.

Eden II Programs has been a leader in the effective intervention and education of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for over 35 years. Eden II believes in the value of integrating speech and language services as part of its programs and supports the collaboration of these disciplines in addressing the complex speech, language, and communication deficits displayed in individuals with ASD.

This event will offer .5 ASHA CEU’s.

For more information or to register, contact Marissa Bennett at or at 516.937.1397 x617

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