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S24-102 Supporting Families in the Early Stages of an Autism Diagnosis

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents
Carolyn Gilmore, M.S, CCC-SLP |  Alice Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Caregivers play a critical role in early detection and intervention of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The early stages of a diagnosis are a particularly stressful—and confusing—time for most caregivers. Accordingly, professionals should be prepared to support caregivers as they navigate the evaluation process and explore intervention options for their child. This training is designed for professionals whom families may turn to for advice. We will provide you with information that can help you guide caregivers about what to look for, where to turn, and what to do following a diagnosis.   


Carolyn Gilmore, M.S, CCC-SLP Related Seminars and Products

Carolyn Gilmore, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral candidate at Florida State University in Special Education. Her research focuses on interventions that combine augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and evidence-based practices to improve language, communication, and early literacy outcomes for children with complex communication needs, ASD, and developmental disorders.

Alice Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP Related Seminars and Products

Alice Williams, M.S., CCC-SLP is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in Special Education. As a former speech language pathologist and classroom teacher, her research focuses on interventions using evidence-based practices to teach reading to students with extensive support needs who have complex communication needs.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05-1:15  Log on 


  • Typical Developmental Milestones 

  • Indicators of Autism 

  • Early Identification 

2:45-3:00 Break 


  • Clinical Dx. Vs Educational Dx 

  • Family Challenges 

  • Misinformation 

  • Resources for Families 


  • Questions 

4:30 Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify early indicators of autism.  

  • Explain key differences between a clinical diagnosis and educational identification of autism.  

  • Describe common challenges faced by caregivers of children with autism.   

  • Provide families with reliable information resources.

Bibliography & References



American Psychiatric Association (2022). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5-TR, (5th ed, text rev.). American Psychiatric Association Publication. 

Bishop-Fitzpatrick, L., Dababnah, S., Baker-Ericzén, M. J., Smith, M. J., & Magaña, S. M. (2019). Autism spectrum disorder and the science of social work: A grand challenge for social work research. Social Work in Mental Health, 17(1), 73–92.  

Earixson, D. & Fleury, V. (2020). Unsubstantiated treatments for ASD: Making sense of the (Pseudo) science. Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) Express, 31(1), 1-6.  

Estes, A., Munson, J., Rogers, S., Greenson, J., Winter, J., & Dawson, G. (2015). Long-term outcomes of early intervention in 6-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(7), 580-587.  

Hume, K., Steinbrenner, J. R., Odom, S. L., Morin, K. L., Nowell, S. W., Tomaszewski, B., Szendrey, B., McIntyre, N.S., Yucesoy-Ozkan, S., & & Savage, M. N. (2021). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with autism: Third generation review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(11), 4013-4032.  

Lipkin, P. H., Macias, M. M., Kuo, D. Z., Apkon, S., Davidson, L. F., Ellerbeck, K. A., Foster, J. E. A., Hyman, S. L., Noritz, G. H., Leppert, M. O., Saunders, B. S., Stille, C., Yin, L., Weitzman, C. C., Childers, D. O., Levine, J. M., Peralta-Carcelen, M., Poon, J. K., Smith, P. J., … Bridgemohan, C. (2020). Promoting optimal development: identifying infants and young children with developmental disorders through developmental surveillance and screening. Pediatrics, 145(1), 1 29.    

Scheuermann, B., Webber, J., & Lang, R. (2019). Autism: Teaching makes a difference. Cengage Learning. 

Goldstein, S. & Ozonoff, S. (2018). Assessment of autism spectrum disorder (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.  

Wetherby, A., Bronson-Maddox, S., Peace V., & Newton, L. (2008). Validation of the infant-toddler checklist as a broadband screener for autism spectrum disorders from 9 to 24 months of age. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 12(5), 487-511. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 03/22/24

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Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

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