Designing Early Childhood Autism Assessments and Social Communication Interventions (MS023)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
10:00 AM–11:50 AM

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. sort evidence-based assessment and intervention tools in autism from those that lack empirical support.
  2. critically evaluate whether social communication or language curricula or school-based interventions for young students with autism are well-validated.
  3. design or consult with teachers in the design of social communication interventions targeted to the needs of young students with autism.


School psychologists often identify autism in young students, facilitating access to early intervention. Yet many practitioners would benefit from training on evidence-based assessment tools and interventions specific to autism. We will tailor the literature on efficacious practices to the practice needs of early childhood school psychologists, emphasizing intervention strategies that can be implemented in classrooms. Practitioners will learn to sort empirically validated practices from those with weak support and to design feasible, effective social communication interventions.

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Nicole M. Hendrix, Emory University / Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
Mylissa Fraser, Marcus Autism Center / Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Laura J. Dilly, Marcus Autism Center / Emory University, Atlanta, GA

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