Intervention Techniques Used With Autism Spectrum Disorder by Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States and Taiwan: A Descriptive Analysis of Practice in Clinical Settings Purpose This study examined intervention techniques used with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States and Taiwan working in clinic/hospital settings. The research questions addressed intervention techniques used with children with ASD, intervention techniques used with different age groups (under and above 8 ... World View
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Intervention Techniques Used With Autism Spectrum Disorder by Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States and Taiwan: A Descriptive Analysis of Practice in Clinical Settings
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ming-Yeh Hsieh
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane
  • Georgina Lynch
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane
  • Charles Madison
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Ming-Yeh Hsieh, who is now at Elk Plain School of Choice, Bethel School District, Spanaway, WA: ming-yeh.hsieh@wsu.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor-in-Chief: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Editor: Erinn Finke
    Editor: Erinn Finke×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Autism Spectrum / International & Global / Newly Published / World View
World View   |   April 27, 2018
Intervention Techniques Used With Autism Spectrum Disorder by Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States and Taiwan: A Descriptive Analysis of Practice in Clinical Settings
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0039
History: Received April 4, 2017 , Revised September 1, 2017 , Accepted January 22, 2018
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0039
History: Received April 4, 2017; Revised September 1, 2017; Accepted January 22, 2018

Purpose This study examined intervention techniques used with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States and Taiwan working in clinic/hospital settings. The research questions addressed intervention techniques used with children with ASD, intervention techniques used with different age groups (under and above 8 years old), and training received before using the intervention techniques.

Method The survey was distributed through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to selected SLPs across the United States. In Taiwan, the survey (Chinese version) was distributed through the Taiwan Speech-Language Pathologist Union, 2018, to certified SLPs.

Results Results revealed that SLPs in the United States and Taiwan used 4 common intervention techniques: Social Skill Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Picture Exchange Communication System, and Social Stories. Taiwanese SLPs reported SLP preparation program training across these common intervention strategies. In the United States, SLPs reported training via SLP preparation programs, peer therapists, and self-taught.

Conclusions Most SLPs reported using established or emerging evidence-based practices as defined by the National Professional Development Center (2014) and the National Standards Report (2015). Future research should address comparison of SLP preparation programs to examine the impact of preprofessional training on use of evidence-based practices to treat ASD.

Acknowledgments
The authors are thankful to Lesli Cleveland, from Eastern Washington University, who supported the development of the survey research.
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