Author: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Tools and Resources for Families and Caregivers During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Many of you are probably inundated with a lot of information during the COVID-19 public health crisis and it can be a challenge to sift through all of that information to identify what would be the most relevant information.  And, in times like these it is easy to experience information overload! Read full post »

How to Communicate to your Child about the Coronavirus and spread of COVID-19

The coronavirus and the spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on everyone in our community. People in the autism community have been particularly impacted with schools being closed, limited access to necessary therapies, being out of routine and a lot of uncertainty about the near and distant future. Read full post »

Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder- Part 4

The fourth and final post in our 4-part series on communication in children with autism spectrum disorder focuses on children who possess high verbal abilities, but may struggle with conversations and reciprocal social interaction.

In many ways, the ability to carry on a conversation is the culmination of the foundation skills of language and social communication development that have been described in previous posts.  We have conversations to tell our stories, enlighten or persuade others to our point of view, and to negotiate or resolve conflicts.  The ability to carry on conversations is an integral skill to function in our social world. Read full post »

New Guidelines for Birth to Three Services in Washington State

The Washington State Department of Early Learning recently released new guidelines that are designed to provide direction for birth to three centers to better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Washington State. Importantly, the guidelines also include children who are suspected of having ASD not just those with a formal diagnosis. This is critical because many children have not been eligible for autism-specific services until they have a formal diagnosis and the wait list at specialty diagnostic clinics is often months long. These guidelines are a result of a collaborative effort by the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers at the Department of Early Learning and the Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education at the University of Washington. Read full post »