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Digital Seminar

Autism Identification: How Early is too Early

Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 20, 2020
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD


In this seminar, Susan Hamre answers the question “How early is too early?” when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder and early intervention. In this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Turn hyper-focused behaviors into an asset
  • Look at “stimming” through a new lens
  • Increase the child’s overall learning trajectory
  • Prevent the development of secondary behavioral patterns


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 1.5 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 1.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 1.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP's Profile

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Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT. Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice and is a National Seminar CE Trainer. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Susan Hamre has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Assess for subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants for purposes of parent/family psychoeducation.
  2. Analyze ‘red flags’ found in young children who are at-risk for autism to inform clinical assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Determine symptoms and behavioral patterns of infants and toddlers at risk for a diagnosis of ASD.
  4. Employ specific clinical strategies/techniques to reduce and replace challenging behaviors inherent to autism.


Screening and Identification

  • ‘Red Flags’ of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns found in infants and toddlers at risk for ASD
  • Magic and pitfalls of questionnaires
  • Questions to anticipate from family members


  • Increase the child’s overall learning trajectory
  • Preventing the development of secondary behavioral patterns
  • Consider a ‘new look’ at “stimming”
  • How to approach reduced engagement
  • Turning hyper-focusing behaviors into an asset
  • How replacement behaviors can help and what’s behind repetitive behaviors

Case Studies for Screening, Assessment and Treatment

  • 3-year-old who turned vomiting into a successful career
  • 2.5-year old 24/7 head banger and what helped him turn the corner
  • Music ‘saves a child’s life’
  • Sometimes, silence is the best form of ‘communication’!

Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists


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