Fostering Emergent Language, ASD

When Getting Started is Tough, How the Tough Get Going: Fostering emergent language in profound expressive language disorders among children & adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders – April 5, 2017

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series 

Presenter: Lucas Steuber, MA Applied Linguistics, MS CCC/SLP

Facilitator: Lisa Timm, MS CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach, Amanda Hettenhausen, Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Mike Hipple, Betsy Caporale, & Gretchen Cole-Lade


Presenter: Lucas Steuber, MA Applied Linguistics, MS CCC-SLP



Seminar Highlights:

One of the most frequently asked questions from educators, parents, and service professionals that is posed to AAC specialists is how to get over the “hump” – what do you do when a child on the Autism Spectrum does not have a reliable yes/no? When they will not interact with a low-, mid-, or high-tech communication system? And then, once we have single words for greetings, yes/no, and requesting, how do we grow from there? What do you do when
you’re stumped – when growth feels impossible?

Discussion will include the theoretical underpinnings between the purpose of language, the symbolic nature of language, the metacognitive skills required to understand the both, unique challenges presented to emergent communicators with ASD, and – finally – the importance of presuming competence and not projecting biases and past experiences to impose artificial limitations on the language use of your students.

Speaker Bio:

Lucas Steuber is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works as an educational technology consultant. He maintains a private practice, specializing in AAC and serving under contract in a variety of school districts in Oregon and Washington. He is the director of clinical research and development for the iOS app FreeSpeech. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including the strategic planning and external planning committees of the Autism Society of America. He speaks at many national and international conferences and events. He is on the ballot to serve on the ASHA advisory council.


  • Administrative fees for ASHA CEUs are included in your USSAAC membership. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.



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