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Self-Management: Planning for Independence


This session is a keynote session which will address the importance of including self-management in every area of a child’s life. It is very common for children with autism spectrum disorders to accomplish goals but then not to display them across people, materials, or settings. This can lead to children and adults that have spent years learning skills and abilities that do not become useful for them in functional ways. Self-management is a well-researched evidence based practice that is used across disciplines and with people of all ages. It promotes generalization, independence and self-determination. This session will discuss the importance of self-management, the steps involved, along with strategies that support its development. The application of this evidence based strategy will be explored through lecture, videos, and learning activities.

About the Presenter

Sylvia Diehl

Sylvia Diehl

Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida, where she taught courses in autism, pediatric language and augmentative and alternative communication and was the team leader in the language/phonology clinic. She was also a member of the USF Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention team, which offers guidance to Florida Public School Systems regarding children with complex needs. She is the founder of the USF Friends’ Group at USF, which provides social communication intervention along with parent training to children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Diehl has supported children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over thirty years and has a long history of clinical experience, including public school settings, university settings, and clinical settings. She has been recognized by the Early Childhood Council and received the Florida Speech and Hearing Association Clinical Career Award. She frequently consults for school systems and conducts workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, along with continuous education courses for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research and publication interests focus on consistent frameworks to support children with ASD in classroom settings.