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Vanderbilt SLP Journal Club - Understanding and Treating Minimally Verbal Children with Autism

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Course Learning Outcomes
After this course, participants will be able to identify the common clinical characteristics associated with minimally verbal children with autism.
After this course, participants will be able to describe the typical developmental course of communication abilities in minimally verbal children with autism and factors that best predict language acquisition in these children.
After this course, participants will be able to describe evidenced-based options for communication intervention for minimally verbal children with autism.

Course Abstract
Autism is now believed to be a “spectrum” of conditions that likely vary in etiology, presentation, responsiveness to intervention, and long-term prognosis. Among the most severe manifestations are children with autism who are minimally verbal or nonverbal. This Vanderbilt SLP Journal Club presentation will focus on the latest research findings in this area of autism and the implications of these findings for Speech-Language Pathologists.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


Sep 16, 2020


Audiologist , Speech Language Pathology CE



Credits / Hours

ASHA/0.1 Advanced, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Jim Bodfish, PhD
Dr. Jim Bodfish is a Professor in the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has devoted his career exclusively to research, teaching, and clinical activities in the field of autism and developmental disabilities. His research has focused on the pathogenesis and treatment of autism and related conditions and has been published in a variety of journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, PLoS One, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism Research, the American Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Pediatrics, Brain Behavior Research, and Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. His research has been continuously funded by NIH since 1992. His service activities have included: standing member of the NIH Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section; Editor of Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, NC Senate Appointee of the Legislative Study Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders; expert consultant for the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and faculty member of the International Congress on Movement Disorders.

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