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Working with students with autism can be overwhelming! How can I get my student to attend to the materials I am using? How can I goal set, when there are so many areas to work on? Using a robust assessment is a great first step.

The VB-MAPP ( Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) created by Dr. Mark Sundberg, is my go to assessment! It gives such great information about skills that are often missed on more traditional assessments. It looks at a variety of skills to include but not limited to: requesting, labeling, following directions, matching, filling in the blank for familiar phrases, verbal imitation skills, group behavior.

The picture above was ASHA 2017 in California! I presented about working with an early learner with autism. I used the VB-MAPP as a part of my assessment process and it helped our team create functional goals for our student.

One critical element that has helped me work more effectively with students with autism, has been collaborative services! Working together with other team members to develop and address shared goals, has helped my students learn new skills. Every goal may not be shared, but often times we share most goals. Why you may ask! When we share goals, the SLP is not the only person working on the goal. Our students with autism, need more opportunities to practice skills and they need work on communication embedded across their day.

I know that goal setting can be difficult. That is why I wanted to provide you with a goal bank for early learners with autism. I hope that this helps you develop functional goals for your students! Just put your email address below and your goal bank will be delivered right to your email.

P.S. If you want to learn more about helping students with autism find their voice, check out my freebie mini autism course with quickstart guide!


  1. Cee on May 11, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Looking forward to getting this valuable resource. Thank you!

    • abaspeech on May 12, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Great! Hope it is a wonderful resource.

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