Epilogue: Autism Spectrum Disorder The Context of Speech-Language Pathologist Intervention Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2003
Epilogue: Autism Spectrum Disorder
 
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  • Sylvia F. Diehl
    University of South Florida, Tampa
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Clinical Forum: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2003
Epilogue: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 253-254. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/021)
History: Received April 14, 2003 , Accepted May 14, 2003
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 253-254. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/021)
History: Received April 14, 2003; Accepted May 14, 2003
It is the mind, which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.
George Gissing (2002, p. 52)
As this quote suggests, perspective adds dimension to all of our lives, both personal and professional. In fact, multiple perspective taking is a cornerstone of good communication intervention. The speech-language pathologist’s ability to imagine and respect what others may be thinking or feeling is inherent in all aspects of assessment and intervention. Nowhere is this perspective more important than when working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. It is hoped that in this context, the reader’s perspectives were broadened threefold in (a) respecting and incorporating the family perspective in assessment and intervention; (b) comprehensing the social, behavioral, and communication challenges that influence assessment and intervention in children with ASD; and (c) comprehending how the perspective difference found in children with ASD impacts communication assessment and treatment.
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