Patricia Osbourn, MA, SLP, CCC, CEC

University of New Mexico
Center for Development and Disability
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-272-0387
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: December 08, 2017

Patricia Osbourn

Leadership: Associate UCEDD Director
Specialty Resource Contacts: Autism
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
Education/Special Education
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
AUCD Council Membership: Council for Interdisciplinary Service
Education: 1977 - BA Speech Pathology, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1978 - MA Speech Pathology, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1990 - Certificate in Educational Diagnostics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

One of four TEACCH trainers throughout the state of New Mexico; regular participation in TEACCH trainings in the state. Represent the NM Autism Program both nationally and internationally as a TEACCH trainer. Presentation of lectures at local, state and national levels regarding communication and social issues of individuals with autism.

Service: Board Affiliations

Member - New Mexico Department of Health Autism Task Force Workgroup
Member - Neurobehavioral Subcommittee (Child) State of NM
Member - State IDEA Advisory Panel
Member - New Mexico Autism Society Board
Member - American Speech Language Hearing Association
Member - New Mexico Speech Language Hearing Association
Member - NM State Design Team for Alternative Assessment
Member - NM Panel for ASD Eligibility
Member - Albuquerque Public Schools Task Force - Autism


Curricula and Videos

"Collaborating for Effective Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Mexico": a) Summary of Findings and Recommendations, b) A Policy Brief, c) A Preliminary Action Plan for the State of New Mexico, April 2004

Technical Assistance Document: "Guidance on Providing Services to Young Children with ASD in New Mexico", June 2003

Assessment & Intervention: "Case Studies in Deaf-blindness", A Web Based Course, September 2002

"Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Supports", A Web Based Course, June 2001

"Facilitator Training Manual", Project DISCUSS, December 2000

"DISCUSS Casebook - Discussions about Students on the Autism Spectrum Disorders", December 2000

"Facilitator Training Video", Video to Accompany Training Manual and Case Book, December 2000

"Assessment", chapter in TEAMING (Techniques for Education of children with Autism to Meet Individualized Goals), Center for Development & Disability, UNM, 1997

"Communication and Social Issues for Preschool Children with Autism", chapter in TEAMING (Techniques for Education of children with Autism to Meet Individualized Goals), Center for Development & Disability, UNM, 1997

"Through the Eyes of My Family", videotape production, Center for Development & Disability, UNM, 1997

"Cultural Communication for Pharmacy Clinicians" Training module developed and distributed at professional pharmacy conferences throughout the U.S., 1996

"But He Knows His Colors", videotape production, Center for Development & Disability, UNM, 1995

"Bees in My Head, Bugs in My Ears -- Communication and Social Difficulties in Autism", HEALTHWISE, Health Sciences Center, UNM, 1995

Selected Invited Presentations

January - March 2007, "Needs of New Mexico in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorders", Presentation to various New Mexico House and Senate Subcommittees during 2007 legislative session

February 2007, "Introduction to Autism", Teleconference to India, Pyssum Day Care Center, India

October 2006, "Establishing Educational Exceptionality of Autism Spectrum Disorders", New Mexico Public Education/Special Education Bureau

June 2006, "Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Policy Issue", National State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Programs, Santa Fe, NM

January 2006, "Understanding & Working with Persons with Asperger/High Functioning Autism", Albuquerque, NM

October 2005, "Differential Diagnosis of ASD", New Mexico Psychological Association Seminar

October 2004, "Collaborating for Effective Services for Children with ASD: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist", New Mexico Speech Hearing Statewide Annual Conference

June 2004, "Best Practices for Young Children with ASD", Presentation of Best Practice Manual to the FIT Program

March 2004, "Behavior Assessment & Intervention of Children with ASD", National Student Speech-Language Association Annual Southwest Conference, Albuquerque, NM

September 2003, "Assessment of Children with ASD", Albuquerque Public Schools

June 2002, Project SET-UP, University of New Mexico Continuing Education, "Education of Children with ASD: Curriculum, Communication and Behavior Issues" 

September 2001, "Project SET Statewide Survey Results", NM Annual Disability Awareness Conference, Albuquerque, NM 

June 2001, "Communication and Cultural Influences on Service Delivery", Eighth Annual Maternal and Child Health Institute, Socorro, NM

April 2001, "Influence of Language and Communication on Cultural Competence", Cluster meeting for Safe Streets, Safe Kids Project, National Civil League,  Albuquerque, NM

September 2000, New Mexico Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Social Engagement for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder", Albuquerque, NM

July 2000, Academy of Teachers of Young Children, "Classroom Assessment for Young Children with Autism", Lubbock, TX

February 1999, Keynote Speaker TEACCH Winter In-service, "Come with Me: Social Engagement for Children with Autism", Chapel Hill, NC

May 1998, TEACCH International Conference, "Parents as Communication Facilitators", Chapel Hill, NC

January 1998 TEACCH Winter In-service, "Encouraging Communication and Social Interaction in Young Children with Autism", Chapel Hill, NC

May 1996, Utah Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference, "Structured Teaching and Communication Issues in Individuals with Autism", Salt Lake City, UT

May 1996, Geriatric Education Center, "Cultural Issues in Communication with Elders", Albuquerque, NM

Selected Presentations

August 2000, "Project DISCUSS:  A model personnel development program for families and educators", International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Seattle, WA

May 2000, "Results of Project DISCUSS: A Model In-service Training Program", Poster Session, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA

October 1999, "Communication for Children with Autism using Assistive Technology", Texas Assistive Technology Conference, Wichita Falls, TX

June 1999, "Programming Through A Functional Approach", Turtle Mountain Community Schools Training Course, Belcourt, ND,

March 1999, "Early Intervention With Children who have fetal Alcohol Syndrome", Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada