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2285 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314

Language Intervention for School Aged Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) profoundly affects speech, language and communication. Key characteristics include limited attention to speech, deficits in joint attention, reduced communicative intent, failure to compensate for lack of language and deficits in imitative skills.  Intervention with a Speech Language Pathologist for school aged individuals with ASD can range from highly structured to a naturalistic approach, but must target all aspects of communication in order to provide better outcomes and an optimal degree of independence.

This presentation will describe the development of initial communicative behaviors as well as examine techniques to promote successful communication within the classroom. Methods of teaching, various assessment tools and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) will also be discussed.


Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the development of initial communicative behaviors that lead to the emergence of language.
  2. Identify key characteristics of students with ASD that impact communication.
  3. Identify the role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in respect to assessment and program implementation.
  4. Describe methods of instruction to facilitate speech, language and communication skill acquisition for school-aged students.
  5. Discuss individualized aspects of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC).


Time Order Agenda:

5 mins: Introduction
5 mins: Milestones in language and communication
10 mins: Review of characteristics of early communication in school aged students with Autism.
10 mins: Assessment and program selection
10 mins: Methods of instruction
15 mins: Describe the process of choosing the most effective AAC system for successful communication on an individual basis
5 mins: Summary & Questions


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This event is being offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

Cassandra Mariano

Financial Disclosure:  Ms. Mariano is employed by Eden II Programs where she receives a salary.

Non-Financial Disclosure: There are not relevant non-financial relationships to report

Janine Kipp

Financial Disclosure:  Ms Kipp is employed by Eden II Programs where she receives a salary.

Non-Financial Disclosure: There are not relevant non-financial relationships to report


Experience Level:
All levels (basic concepts will be explained in detail)

Target Audience:
Parents and SLPs. CE Available for SLPs

Janine Kipp, M.A., CCC-SLP Cassandra M. Mariano M.A., CCC-SLP

Janine Kipp, M.A., CCC-SLP: Ms. Kipp is the coordinator of speech services for the Eden II school programs. She has been with the agency since 2008. She earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kean University. Ms. Kipp has worked with students with autism ranging from 5-21 years old. She has presented on topics related to the positive effects of naturalistic teaching, ways to implement these methods within the classroom as well as realistic settings, promoting spontaneous communication, using technology to increase communication, and teaching a variety of social skills to adolescents with autism.


Cassandra M. Mariano M.A., CCC-SLP: Cassandra received both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’sUniversity. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in New YorkState. Cassandra has worked for the Eden II Programs since 2005 and is presently a Senior Coordinator of Speech Services. In addition to working with school-aged children with autism utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, she has experience with Early Intervention and has presented on topics such as AAC usage in the classroom, promoting spontaneous communication through naturalistic teaching, and building effective social skills.

Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions

It is the goal of the Eden II Diagnostic and Outreach Center to provide the highest level of satisfaction to all attendees of the webinar program. All payments made for webinar enrollment are subject to the following refund policy:

  1. Individuals may obtain a full refund for any paid registration by e-mailing a refund request to the webinar administrator no less than 2 days in advance of the scheduled webinar date
  2. Refunds will not be issued for requests sent less than 2 days in advance of the scheduled webinar date
  3. Refunds are available to individuals who experience technical difficulties during a webinar when technical difficulties are not due to the attendee’s own equipment or internet connection
  4. Refunds are available if a webinar is cancelled by the Eden II Diagnostic and Outreach Center
  5. The email address for the webinar administrator is

e-mail or call (917) 922-3986 with any questions about the webinar program or registration system.


1. What is the time zone for the webinars? All webinars are EST. Each webinar is offered at multiple times to accommodate individuals in different time zones. Additionally, you may contact the webinar administrator about custom webinars which can be scheduled at a time of your convenience.

2. Do I need any special software or equipment to participate? Absolutely not! No software is required to be downloaded to your computer and you do not need a webcam or microphone to participate.

3. I chose to receive a BCBA CEU certificate or a Certificate of Attendance when I registered for the webinar, when can I expect my certificate? Certificates will be e-mailed to the email address that was used to register for the webinar within 45 days of the webinar date. Please contact if you do not receive your certificate after 45 days, or if you need a certificate sooner. The Eden II Diagnostic and Outreach Center does not charge extra for BCBA CEUs or a certificate of attendance for paid webinars. BCBA CEUs and certificates of attendance are not available for free webinars.

4. Can I access the webinar from an apple device (e.g., iPhone, iPad)? Yes. Any attendee with an iPhone or other apple device is able to connect to the webinar via the free GoToMeeting app.  You will be prompted to download the GoToMeeting app when you arrive at the webinar if it is not already installed on your device.




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