Just Go With It: Improvisational Skills and ASD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 8: Psychological Services for Students With Autism

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn to develop engaging intervention in direct communication and social engagement for students with ASD.
  2. connect evidence-based strategies to IEP goals.
  3. familiarize themselves with evidence-based interventions to improve social interaction skills in students with ASD.


The use of improvisational techniques to improve social communication skills in students with ASD is discussed. Brief review of research support is presented, as well as discussion of why such a strategy may fill gaps in current interventions. A case study of the intervention will be presented, and attendees will leave with clear examples of strategies to use in their own practice, as well as how they may use those strategies to address IEP goals.



Amanda Ables, Norton Childrens Hospital Autism Center
Heidi A. Cooley-Cook, Kentucky Autism Training Center
Amanda M. Simmons, Mercy Academy


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