Could SLP’s do more for ASD’s?

Why would a speech-language pathologist be the one to specifically diagnose and treat certain autism spectrum disorders?

“Although SLPs and audiologists don’t typically diagnose autism, many practitioners are involved in interdisciplinary teams that do. Further, SLPs and audiologists play a significant role in describing and defining the communication and social interaction skills so often impaired in children with ASD. They also offer insight into differential diagnosis, helping to determine when there is more than just a communication problem.”

http://www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/2001/understanding_ASD.htm

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