WSLHA October Workshop
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | University of Washington Medical Center South Lake Union

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*The October Workshop will be two concurrent presentations from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. One presentation will be discussing autism in children, and the other presentation will be on aphasia in adults. When registering yourself, please indicate which presentation you are interested in attending.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Assessment and Treatment Recommendations for SLPs

Presenters: Megan Brendal, MS, CCC-SLP, and Lauren Swineford, PhD, CCC-SLP
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in social communication and reciprocity and the presence of repetitive, restricted behaviors and interests. Per the DSM-5, a language impairment is not required to meet diagnostic criteria for ASD, but rather the presence and degree of language impairment is included as a 'modifier' to reflect the common comorbidity with ASD. Language abilities in ASD are as heterogeneous as the ASD phenotype itself-­ individuals can range from remaining nonverbal across the lifespan to those who have unaffected language skills. Capturing this heterogeneity through accurate measurement is critical as expressive language is one of the best predictors of long-term outcomes in naturalistic studies and in response to treatment. The documented link between language abilities and positive outcomes for individuals with ASD has driven intervention research with an emphasis on facilitating language acquisition with improvement in communication as one of the key targets in treatment. This presentation will focus on the assessment of language and the implications for treatment.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the SLP in screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals at-risk for or with ASD.


  • Describe the different language profiles of individuals with ASD using recommended benchmarks and categorizations.
  • Propose a treatment model driven by language assessment results. 

Session Handout - Brendal
Session Handout - Swineford

Evidenced-Based Interventions for Aphasia and Concomitant Disorders

Presenter: Megan Caldwell, MS, CCC-SLP
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop provided participants with an overview of current best practices for aphasia interventions for word retrieval, phonology, syntax, discourse-level treatment, and multimodal communication. It emphasized consideration for special populations (e.g. concomitant motor speech deficits and progressive neurological disorders) motivational interviewing and use of goal attainment scaling. Practical information/discussion, case-based learning, and treatment research articles were the primary methods of instruction employed.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Summarize current best practices for aphasia treatment.
  • List at least three research-based treatment protocols for aphasia.
  • Identify three co-existing disorders and the impact each would have on aphasia treatment.
Session Handout


  Megan Brendal, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Early Social Communication and Language Lab at Washington State University. She received her master's degree from WSU and was a research assistant within the lab during her graduate program. Her research interests include the development and assessment of social communication in young children with and without autism spectrum disorders.
  Lauren Swineford, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at Washington State University and the director of the Early Social Communication and Language Lab. Her research interests include early social communication and developmental trajectories in young children with autism spectrum 
disorders with an emphasis on prelinguistic and language development.
  Megan Caldwell, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty as a clinical instructor in 2013. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Megan worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for area hospitals, home health agencies, and clinics. She worked with children with
developmental disorders and adults with acquired neurologic disorders. Clinical interests include: end of life care, evaluation and treatment of aphasia in patients following a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), evaluation and treatment of motor speech and cognitive deficits in patients with 
Parkinson’s Disease. Her teaching and clinical beliefs are grounded in producing meaningful real-life outcomes leading to enhanced quality of life. She now teaches courses in the SPHSC department as a Lecturer, as well as supervises graduate SLP and AuD students in the UW Speech and 
Hearing Clinic.

DISCLOSURE: Presenters are receiving travel accommodations and an honorarium for their presentations. There are no relevant non-financial relationships that may bias an individual. 

Continuing Education Information

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). 

OSPI Clock Hours of 6 hours will be offered. 

WSLHA charges a processing fee of $15.00 for ASHA CEUs and $10.00 for clock hours payable at the conference. Please bring cash or check.


  Member Non-Member

Member - $179
Student Member - $50
Non-Member - $229
Student Non-Member - $50

*Price includes parking

Date & Location

Saturday, October, 2018 | 8:30am - 4:00pm
University of Washington Medical Center South Lake Union
850 Republican St
Seattle, WA 98109

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