National trends indicate an increasing number of children identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The diagnostic criteria for autistic disorder include deficits in social interaction and communication. The communication support required by children with ASD is varied and complex, requiring collaboration from many disciplines. The speech-language pathologist must combine specialized knowledge of communication with specific knowledge of ASD to provide effective collaboration. This article explores the application of this specialized knowledge through the assessment and intervention process of two unique case studies.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Corresponding author: Sylvia Farnsworth Diehl, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, PCD 1017, Tampa, FL 33620.