Assessing and Enhancing Social Communication in Asperger Syndrome - NESHAP

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Session Dates

Friday October 20, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM


Society is seeing an increase in the number of individuals identified or suspected of having Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism and these children are entering schools and recreational activity programs in greater numbers. Some of these students are able to participate quite effectively but many do not. How does one understand the unique traits characterized by these individuals. What may seem as anti-social behavior to the untrained eye may really be an attempt to engage socially, albeit in a non-traditional style. As such, the interaction style of these students is often mistaken as purposeful, deliberate disobedience and retribution is swift leading to increased opposition. This presentation will discuss the social difficulties often seen in students diagnosed or suspected of having Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism. It will focus on comorbidity, assessment, and the social triad of interaction, communication, and emotional regulation. It will also provide a wealth of evidence-based intervention strategies designed to produce positive change.


At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe characteristics of Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism.
  2. List comorbid features associated with this diagnosis.
  3. Describe how four theories reflect social behavior.
  4. List appropriate evaluation tools for social pragmatic deficits.
  5. List effective intervention strategies for treating individuals with social pragmatic deficits.

Target Audience

Speech Pathologists, General and Special Education Teachers

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individualĀ“s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Other or Non PaTTAN

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A., CCC

Event Contact:


Sharon Faul