Social Communication and Autism is a 3-hour virtual training that will provide participants with an overview of the stages of social communication development. Participants will be able to identify their student’s social communication stage and then apply Structured TEACCHing strategies to support developmentally appropriate goals for children with ASD. This virtual training will highlight the strategies that address the learning styles of autism and foster the acquisition of socially focused vocabulary to increase engagement across settings. Participants will also learn how to support language acquisition to build self-efficacy and social understanding skills in students who have more abstract language. The format of this training will include presentations, videos, polls, and discussions.

This short course is a strong foundational training for understanding social language, but it does not meet any pre-requisites for TEACCH Professional Certification.


At the completion of training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the learning styles of autism and how it may impact the development of social communication
  • Identify three stages of social communication development
  • Describe the focus of teaching strategies at each level of communication

Target Audience:

This course is designed for educators, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, caregivers, as well as others interested in educational strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Training staff will include autism professionals who work for the TEACCH Autism Program in various regions throughout North Carolina and provide training and consultation to professionals around the world. Training staff will consist of licensed speech/language pathologists.

  • Bonnie S. Ravo, MS, CCC-SLP, Center Director, Wilmington TEACCH Center
  • Christine Murray, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Specialist, Raleigh TEACCH Center
  • Molly Spears, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Specialist, Wilmington TEACCH Center


Wednesday, November 16, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Eastern Time, USA)

The training sessions will NOT be recorded. This training relies on communication, technology, and collaboration to be a successful experience.

Virtual Format:

The sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Attendees must have high-speed internet connectivity and a personal Zoom account. To create a free Zoom account visit Registrants will receive an event web link and additional instructions one week prior to the event start date. Additional information about using Zoom can be found here, Tips for Using Zoom.