Autism & Echolalia: Developing Functional Communication

Webinar with Elizabeth Ives Field, CCC-SLP
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Course Description

Webinar with Elizabeth Ives Field, CCC-SLP

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to :

  • Name three common characteristics of children with echolalia.
  • Explain how modeling can improve language and play for echolalic children.
  • Describe an intervention procedure for developing nonechoic greetings or protests.

Target Audience

  • Speech Language Pathologists, Speech Language Pathology Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, Special Educators, Teachers and Teachers for the Visually Impaired, Parents

Provider : ReadySetConnect

Financial Disclosure

ReadySetConnect collects fees from the audience to participate in this training webinar

Contact Information

Non - Financial Disclosure

The provider of the webinar, ReadySetConnect, is a practice management software. Participants of the webinar would become aware of the ReadySetConnect.



Time Ordered Agenda

Welcome and introduction

  • Draft Lesson

Characteristics of echolalic children and video example

Usual language therapy needs of children who echo, with emphasis on the five included in this presentation, related concerns associated with autism, common language strengths that accompany echolalia

Description of evidence-based practices that are helpful in developing the five communicative functions, and other therapy techniques that support them

Pause for questions if desired

Description of how echolalic children tend to express the five targeted functions, a sample goal for addressing each one, and specific therapy suggestions, with videos and demonstrations. Questions or discussion

This event is offered for 1 contact hour or 0.1 Professional Hour CEUs at an introductory level professional area. Course completion is dependent on full attendance for 1 hour and survey completion.

Meet The Speakers

Elizabeth is the author of Building Communication and Independence for Children Across the Autism Spectrum: Strategies to Address Minimal Language, Echolalia and Behavior (2021) London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers In 2021, she presented a virtual poster session on echolalia at the ASHA Convention (audio recording and live Q and A), a 90 minute live virtual presentation for NE/AER (US/Canada regional conference for education and rehabilitation professionals for the blind) and a book talk for an autism agency in Massachusetts. She will be doing a one-hour virtual presentation for the Milestones National Autism Conference in June 2022. In the past, she has done full-day conference presentations, a nine-hour short course for special educators, a few graduate and undergraduate speech/language pathology university courses, some other short presentations at ASHA and a foursession course at a psychiatric hospital. She has also given many public school in-service talks and spoken about autism to elementary through high school students, fire, police, medical, and dental organizations, retirees, and autism agency groups. Her philosophy is that the autism spectrum is complex and challenging, but it is nobody’s fault. When schools and families work together, addressing problems with positive supports, individualized instruction, and expectations appropriate to the child’s developmental abilities, needs, and desires, there will be progress.

Financial Dislosure​

Elizabeth receives royalties for her book which is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is receiving a speaking fee from Pediatric Therapy Associates

Non - Financial Dislosure​

Elizabeth is a member of ASHA and the Maine Speech Language Hearing Association

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It was perfect. Dawn was engaging. She gave relevant information and examples. I would have liked a few more examples of therapy materials and ideas that might be used.


The presenter was engaging and informative. Could always use more Q&A. I had fun and am glad I did it


Excellent, engaging, knowledgeable speaker, clear, etc. Maybe spending less time on the checklists to prepare and more. I would have liked to see examples of therapy (videos), more time on actual therapy and therapy ideas, small group breakout session so that we could discuss our experiences and help each other out, networking with other teletherapists. Liked the platform used, very clear presentation, excellent, thank you


Very knowledgeable. It was a good webinar. The information was useful and beneficial.


Amazing speaker! This was so helpful!


It was satisfactory. Dawn shared her information clearly


I loved the checklist for coaching/facilitators. It met all my expectations!


Informative, great resources, getting on the same page with the parents. Great, informative, helpful for future sessions


Knowledgeable presenter. I think it did a good job. Thanks for it- well done.


The knowledge of the speaker. Great presentation.


The clarity nd simplcity. Very organized and inclusive. For me they served my needs quite well. Well done.


The program was very detailed and discussed scenarios that we may come across in the field. I did not observe any weaknesses in the program. Any questions I had before the program were answered. I really appreciate the work that was put into this program to better prepare us when providing services during virtual sessions.


Dawn was very encouraging and promoted out of the box thinking. Too much time dedicated to virtual set-up vs. therapy with telepractice.

Pristine Sara

More insights on materials and resources that were completely new. Understanding certain areas of tele practices and modifications to be made in the learning part. Very interesting and looking forward to many such webinars that address tele rehabilitation area.


The checklists hat were provided. I was a great presentation with lots of great information as I begin my telehealth journey. I was hoping for more therapy ideas, but it was awesome!


Speakers experience and demeanor. Thank you!


Resources, personal examples and personal examples. Would be great to have one case study, and a run-down example of session layout.


Very informative. Great ideas for parent teaching and carry over. It was great. Thank you.


Good emphasis on parent coaching. Took a long time to get to the point of the presentation, presenter did not seem prepared. Thank you for this helpful information.


Cohesive and relevant information. Again, I enjoyed the presentation and thought the information was helpful.


The detailed slides. It was a little long so I found it hard to focus the entire time. I think it being more straight to the point would help.


Great checklists. Would love to see examples of teletherapy sessions. Thank you!


Loved the cultural humility aspect and the checklist resources. I wish we would have seen a specific example of a session played. More examples of activities in sessions with parent vs one on one with a child. It was good overall. The presenter was very knowledgable with tons of experience.


Addressed diversity and meeting families where they are but not enough concrete examples


Dawn provided links to great resources. It was a very broad overview. Dawn was a great speaker, very personable and organized!


Materials that I was unaware of are very helpful. Hope she suggested ideas or techniques that are not too ordinary that every SLPs uses


Checklists for evidence based practice are the best. Provided strategies, activities, websites to integrate into Zoom such as BoomCards


Great self-evaluations. Model examples of teaching via video.