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Prosem Lecture: Supporting Communication in Children with Developmental Delays: From Early Identification to Effective Intervention
December 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Megan Y. Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University
Topic: Supporting Communication in Children with Developmental Delays: From Early Identification to Effective Intervention
Most children learn to talk from interacting with their parents and caregivers. However, as many as 2 in 5 children have difficulty learning language for any number of different reasons – genetic, neurological, and environmental. Early identification and intervention is critical to maximizing long-term outcomes for children with early language delays. However, the long-term outcomes for children with developmental disabilities are variable, due to factors such as late identification and lack of access to evidence-based interventions. This lecture will include findings from a series of studies of new approaches to identification and intervention. Specifically, I will describe two innovative approaches to early autism diagnosis. I will also discuss how shifting our current intervention paradigm to one that involves systematic inclusion of caregivers is essential to increasing intervention dosage. Finally, I will demonstrate how intervention outcomes are further amplified through the use of adaptive approaches based on individual child and caregiver characteristics.