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HFA, AS, & NVLD: Differential Diagnosis by the SLP

Author: Tina K. Veale

CEUs offered: 0.25

CEEs offered: 2.5

Intermediate Level; Professional Area

Activity Description

This presentation will discuss the SLPs role in differential diagnosis and program planning, including formal and informal assessment data for autism spectrum disorders.  High-functioning autism (HFA), Asperger Syndrome (AS), and nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) are described in detail to help the SLP differentially diagnose the conditions.  Formal tests and informal assessment techniques are suggested.

Activity Audience

This course is for Speech-Language Pathologists.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe two primary symptoms that differentiate high-functioning autism (HFA), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD).
  • Explain why NVLD is not an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Implement one intervention technique differently for individuals with HFA and AS.

Author Biography

Tina K. Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is professor and program director of the speech-language pathology program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She teaches courses in child and adolescent language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, neurological aspects of communication, and research methods. Tina has held previous university appointments at Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Miami University (Ohio), and the University of Cincinnati. Her research has included studies to evaluate learning styles of children with autism, patterns of language acquisition in early emergent language users with autism, the impact of routine upon language therapy for children with autism, the effectiveness of auditory integration training for children with autism, early indicators of Asperger syndrome, and ways to differentially diagnose autism spectrum and related disorders.

For 28 years, Tina owned and operated Comprehensive Concepts in Speech and Hearing, Inc. (CCSH), a private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tina also developed Wee Talk, a preschool for children with developmental disabilities. Other professional experiences include ongoing consultations with schools across Ohio and Illinois as an autism consultant and serving families as a private speech-language pathologist.

Tina has conducted workshops and professional presentations at local, state, national, and international venues for nearly three decades. She has served both the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the director of educational and scientific affairs and the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association as vice president for the division of educational development. Service to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has included committee work to prepare position statements and technical reports, assistance with program selection for the annual convention, and numerous conference presentations.

Tina Veale, Preschool Social Language Therapy, employed by Eastern Illinois University


Financial - Author for LinguiSystems, Inc. and receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

LinguiSystems, Inc., publisher of products for SLPs, funded this self-study course, Preschool Social Language Therapy, in its entirety. The information contained in this course is based exclusively on a product written by Tina Veale and sold by LinguiSystems, Inc.

Certified members of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with LinguiSystems, Inc.  One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE.  All CASLPA members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.  CASLPA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.