From the Newsletter...

Trisha L. SelfContinued from ABCLLD Spring Newsletter 2019 “Welcome your 2019 ABCLLD – Trisha Self”
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Trisha teaches courses, supervises, and conducts research in the area of child language disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Further, she holds a BCS-CL with over 30 years of experience working with children demonstrating complex communication needs, including ASD. As an Associate Professor at WSU, Trisha is committed to helping students at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) gain the knowledge and skills needed to diagnosis and treat children who have or are at risk for language delays and/or disorders. Currently, she directs a university-based autism interdisciplinary diagnostic team (AIDT), which she developed. This team, made up of eight different allied-health and education disciplines across three colleges, seeks to: identify children with significant needs, including ASD, to give them the best opportunity to function at the highest level possible; provides a diagnostic resource to the South Central Kansas area; and builds an interprofessional team of professionals within the community while providing allied health and education students the skills needed to offer appropriate services within their future community workplaces. To compliment the AIDT, she has also developed an interprofessional structured learning (iSLP) program to provide treatment for those children who have been diagnosed through the diagnostic process. Trisha is also working to develop a postsecondary program for adults on the autism spectrum who wish to attend WSU. To develop acceptance and awareness of ASD on the university campus, as well as the community at large, she has initiated the WSU Neurodiversity Awareness Week: ASD.