Bridging the Gap
Using a generalized imitative repertoire to facilitate language development in children with Autism.
Children with Autism develop skills differently than their same aged peers. When children exhibit delays in joint attention and imitation, targeting speech-language goals can be challenging. This can make intervention feel like a daunting task often now knowing where to begin.
We know that children learn to communicate during everyday activities and that parents/caregivers have many more opportunities to interact with their child in meaningful everyday situations than a therapist does, therefore it makes sense that parents/caregivers undertake an active role in the therapy process. However many parents/caregivers fill ill-prepared for this undertaking. They worry about making mistakes that may negatively impact progress being made with the speech-language pathologist.
During this course, you will gain insight into how children with autism play, how to develop appropriate play goals, as well as effective ways to coach parents/caregivers in such a way that you will boost their confidence and as such their follow-through of therapy strategies to enhance communication through play. More importantly you will have the tools so show parents that play can be fun!
Interventions discussed will include:
Recipricol Imitation Training (RIT)
Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent (RMIA)