Sunday, 9 April 2017

Speech Language Assessment for Students with Autism

I am going to be really honest here... I have some kids on my caseload that are on the Autism Spectrum and I felt like I wasn't really doing much for them, especially the kids who were non-verbal (or pretty close). I had assessments and goals and I really felt like I wasn't making much of a difference and the progress seemed to be limited (if at all). It was starting to bother me... These kids are the ones who need the most support and most involved services and I just didn't feel like I was making the cut.

 I went looking around and found some great information. I found a great video on an assessment tool that is created for students with autism. Not only does this tool assessment assess their language but it also provides ideas on the barriers that might be hindering their progress! 
What!? Great information!!
You can also purchase the testing material for under $70 and there is an app that is even cheaper. At that price it is definitely something to loo

I am really interested in trying it out...
Take a look!

"The VB-MAPP is an assessment and curriculum guide by Mark Sundberg, PhD, BCBA that is based on 170 developmental milestones and research from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. It has been field-tested with children with autism, children with other developmental disabilities, and typically developing children.

It provides a clear and accurate picture of an individual child's abilities. 

The overall program contains:

  • Skills Assessment – Assesses 170 language and social milestones across three developmental levels
  • Barriers Assessment – Assesses 24 language and learning barriers and can be used for planning interventions and tracking progress
  • Skills Task Analysis and Tracking System – Contains over 1,000 skills that support the milestones, and can be used to record and track progress
  • Transition Assessment – Identifies the skills needed for successful transition to less restrictive learning environments
  • Placement and IEP Guide – Suggests direction for the intervention program based on the child's profiled strengths and weaknesses

The information contained in this blog is meant to be used as a helpful resource for Speech Language Pathologists looking for treatment or assessment ideas to support their therapy. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employers, The information written here is meant to support speech language pathologists. It is not meant to replace consultation or treatment provided by a certified Speech Language Pathologist. If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher who is concerned about the speech & language development of a particular child, you are encouraged to seek out a complete evaluation from a Registered SLP. All therapy materials, websites, or applications mentioned in this blog are discussed as potential tools to aide in the development of speech and language skills. These tools are to be used as a part of, or in adjunct to, speech language therapy services and not in place of those services. It is up to the individual professional to determine if any of the mentioned therapy tools are applicable to the therapy process for each individual child. In other words, all content of this blog should be read and used at the discretion of the reader.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

SLP Must Have

My SLP Must Have  Product for April is My Easter Pack!