Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Kagle, Rachel

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Advisor(s)

Cynthia R. O'Donoghue

Marsha Longerbeam

Linda Freeman

Abstract

The present paper focuses on the interdisciplinary skill development of speech-language pathology graduate student clinicians and occupational therapy graduate student clinicians in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This paper explains the significance of these disciplines in the treatment of Autism before giving the results of the study. For the present study, data was collected at James Madison University’s Summer Autism Camp over a four-week period. There were ten speech-language pathology (SLP) clinicians that received the survey and eleven children with Autism that were enrolled in the program. It was hypothesized that the SLP clinicians would display skill acquisition and improvement based on observations rated on a Likert scale. Data collected on a basis of frequency of occurrence of observation results shows that clinicians did acquire skills and knowledge over the four-week period in both disciplines.

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