Workshop on communication and autism

Children communicate with other individuals to request, to protest, and to initiate and respond to social attention. Autism is marked by deficits in social communication. Children with autism often use other methods of communication that can be unclear to their audience.

Amy Threadgill, MS, BCBA, with Le Bonheur Early Intervention and Development (LEAD) shares about a free workshop this Saturday for families with of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, The University of Memphis- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, and the Autism Society of the Mid-South (ASMS) have partnered together to provide free workshops for families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

This month’s workshop will explain how and why children communicate and what strategies can be used to increase appropriate means of communication. Teaching children more conventional ways to communicate can reduce frustration for children and families and lead to more meaningful interactions with one another.

The workshop will include:

  • different modes of communication including verbal speech, sign language and picture cards
  • how to use daily routines to provide numerous opportunities to practice communication
  • specific strategies for increasing communication during daily routines such as play time and snack time
  • time for questions and a station for making visual supports to assist your child in communicating

Sign up to attend

This month’s workshop is Saturday, April 26 at the University Center (third floor) on the University of Memphis campus. Breakfast will begin around 8:30 a.m. with the workshop is 9 a.m. – noon. Please RSVP to or call 901-287-4771.

Upcoming summer autism workshops

Summer workshops will occur on a Saturday during each of the summer months (June, July and August). The topics will include social skills, toilet training, and feeding with regards to children with autism. For more information, contact or call 901-287-4771.