Social Communication Interventions for Preverbal and Minimally Verbal Children with ASD


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Webinar Descriptions:

Behavioral interventions have been critical for improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Notable achievements include the improved numbers of children with optimal outcomes, and the larger number of children accessing the regular curriculum. Despite these gains, standard behavioral methods have had the least success in social communication outcomes. We continue to find nearly half of all children entering school without fluent, socially related communication skills. This talk will focus on the core social communication impairment in children with ASD, evaluations of this core domain and recently developed, effective interventions.

A Webinar from AUCD's Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Interest Group (EIEC SIG)


Connie Kasari, Ph.D.

Connie Kasari, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Human Development and Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, and has been the primary advisor to more than 60 PhD students. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA. Her research aims to development novel, evidence-tested interventions implemented in community settings. Recent projects include targeted treatments for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with autism. She leads several large multi-site studies including a network on interventions for minimally verbal school aged children with ASD, and a network that aims to decrease disparities in interventions for children with ASD who are under-represented in research trials. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Maureen also provides consulting services to the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)and the Center for Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). Maureen has received numerous awards and commendations for her contributions and accomplishments at the state and national level to improve the lives of families and their very young children and the communities in which they live.