Presenter: Patrick Rydell, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Learn strategies to help children develop a social-communication “game-plan” to initiate, maintain and respond to others in naturalistic contexts.
"This has completely shifted my way of thinking as an SLP and how I structure therapy. All of the topics covered were relevant. He did an amazing job outlining all of the principles of LSP."
– L.V., prior course participant
This course introduces Dr. Patrick Rydell’s Learning Style Profile© (LSP), a profile that expands our current understanding of unique learning styles related to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. It addresses 10 naturalistic, developmental-behavioral intervention components that represent the greatest challenges for professionals and families as they establish and facilitate the necessary foundations for conversational skills in young children with ASD.
By incorporating the LSP Protocol (included with this course), participants will be able to identify the learning style challenges of young children with ASD that inhibit social connectivity and reciprocal communication. The LSP will assist professionals and families to identify early profiles of learning style strengths and challenges, then establish evidence-based and proven interventions uniquely designed to help children with ASD get ready for natural, reciprocal social interactions and conversation. Offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs – 6 contact hours.
Course includes downloadable Learning Style Profile© Assessment Protocol. Plus 10 corresponding Podcasts!
Course Overview – Run Time: 6:23:51
"This whole course was extremely beneficial for my practice. The LSP approach has really changed my perspective on how to teach my students with ASD."
– M.M., prior course participant
The LSP intervention strategies assist children with ASD to “look up and around” to recognize social-communication and interpersonal cues in the naturalistic context in order to understand “how and when” to independently use their skills to engage in meaningful social interactions and conversation.
The LSP routinely asks the question, “Who's Doing The Thinking?” Are the adults prompting the children with a) what to say, b) when to say it, and c) how to say it? Or, are the children learning how to take advantage of the contextual cues to make these decisions on their own, thus preventing a prompt-dependent learning style?
The LSP avoids an overemphasis on using direct teaching methods to teach correct skills. Rather, the LSP focuses on assisting children to develop a learning style that promotes independent decision-making and a confident use of a social-communication “game-plan” to initiate, maintain and respond to others in naturalistic contexts.
This presentation will focus exclusively on the Learning Style Profile© (LSP). Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage as part of this training. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video course with downloadable handout, downloadable Learning Style Profile© Assessment Protocol, and links to 10 corresponding Podcasts. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
This course was recorded in front of a live audience.
"I liked that there were many videos of example situations to be able to relate to. When working with the child, create a space where you find what they are doing interesting, and that will model what they should do when you create an activity that you want them to participate in." K.M. (Nov. 2023)
"Great video examples. Very clearly presented content. I liked the repetition of key concepts." T.R. (Nov. 2023)
"Easy to follow course. Discussing how to increase the difficulty of LSP as the student increases in skill level was helpful." L.K. (Oct. 2023)
"Great class! I liked all of it." E.B. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the examples and ease of following the content. The use of visuals and models was helpful, and not trying to add language right away to social interactions." K.H. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the concept of coaching - showing models and then giving the child a turn to coach. Also the cues of stop - wait - look around - what are we doing. I liked the many videos and the organization of the concepts into the LSP." B.H. (Sep. 2023)
"I was especially interested in videos of the younger children and how to advise the teachers for carryover throughout the week. The information was clearly presented and the examples of each LSP were valuable." W.D. (Sep. 2023)
"It is good to be reminded that children with ASD often find it difficult to shift their attention when transitioning. EXCELLENT PRESENTER and course handouts!" J.P. (Aug. 2023)
"I really learned a lot. New perspectives. All the LSPs are amazing." M.S. (Aug. 2023)
"The different ways to model social interaction strategies with students with ASD were helpful. I liked the mix of visual presentation and videos showing therapeutic sessions." M.R. (Aug. 2023)
"I enjoyed the discussion of joint attention as a specific early focus. I particularly liked seeing the examples of simple activities, which I hope to incorporate." L.M. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the shared control LSP and the "when-then" language. I appreciated the many ways to learn from this course (video, audio, pdf) and the examples the presenter used to help explain each LSP." S.R. (Jul. 2023)
"This entire presentation was absolutely excellent! It added so much knowledge to my learning. I loved the videos and the application of the different LSP approaches." E.N. (Apr. 2023)
"Learning it is important to start social communication early, even if the child is non-verbal. I liked the content. This course made me think a lot about how best to teach social communication." H.P. (Apr. 2023)
"This course provided many "real life" examples of challenges when working with kids with ASD and principles to apply to support their organic learning for communication. I enjoyed the LSP manual and suggestions and activities to support a child's attunement for learning - bringing them to you for learning." C.I. (Apr. 2023)
"The video presentations were very effective in delivering the strategies. I liked the structure and scaffolding of delivery." K.T. (Apr. 2023)
"This course did an excellent job of teaching each child as a unique individual! Dr. Rydell was easy to watch and listen to. I enjoyed how he gave real life examples and applied the different modules to actual therapy situations. I will be taking PART II." L.B. (Mar. 2023)
"The presenter was amazing, interacted well with his audience, and gave many pertinent examples and videos related to the various topics!" S.S. (Mar. 2023)
"I work with a lot of ASD children in my practice. I found this course validating and refreshing. I liked how Dr. Rydell discussed transitions. How to assess the behavior and what is happening for the child. I found the information and different ways to understand what might be happening very informative. I will be able to apply it to my small children who are not on the spectrum as well." L.B. (Mar. 2023)
"What and how to treat students with Autism who are pre-verbal was beneficial. I liked the video examples." A.C. (Mar. 2023)
"Course gave examples and videos that were relevant and useful." M.K. (Mar. 2023)
"Everything was beneficial for my SLP practice." J.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Dynamic instructor. Information makes sense and is very applicable." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Specific intervention strategies. I liked the videos." S.C. (Feb. 2023)
"Decreasing prompt-driven therapy. I liked the modules - made it easier to take breaks and review." L.R. (Feb. 2023)
"I really liked the handouts and the manual that were provided." L.A. (Feb. 2023)
"In the context of having children who come to school with hours of ABA behind them, have trained scripts that they don't use in new contexts, and are prompt-dependent, this course gives me ideas for action and language for conversations. I liked the focus on the child's doing the thinking, and specific ways to address this." B.S. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the videos and the discussion about them. This course refreshed, built on, and tied together pieces of my background, including experience with ASD children and training taken a while back (SCERTS)." B.S. (Feb. 2023)
"All information will be beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the format and accessibility." D.S. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the whole notion of the importance of developing non-verbal techniques for initiating, maintaining, and responding as a basis for social and linguistic development. The appropriateness of encouraging spontaneous responses v. imitated ones. The importance of modeling and developing maintenance techniques on the non-verbal level to overall language development." R.R. (Feb. 2023)
"Assisting staff, family, and peers to provide modeling was beneficial, and rehearsing with rotating roles, coach vs responders, variety of objects, people, activities, and places. Linking the activities and techniques to the learning styles was helpful." S.L. (Jan. 2023)
"Loved JARs, 5 questions of structure, and cueing vs. prompting. I found it helpful to think about distance, using social modeling for conversations, and taking turns being the "captain". Lots of videos and examples (aka demonstrations) - super helpful." H.W. (Jan. 2023)
"So many useful strategies to help ASD children be productive learners. Dr. Rydell speaks through many years of experience and the videos were extremely helpful to demonstrate strategies using everyday activities." M.D. (Dec. 2022)
"How to incorporate peers in therapy sessions was beneficial. I liked the videos." M.H. (Dec. 2022)
"Reducing prompting. Makes sense not to TELL kids to say...." M.L. (Dec. 2022)
"Everything was beneficial. Very interesting. I liked the presenter and material." Z.N. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the discussion of the Learning Style Profile. It really helps identify the stages a therapist needs to work on with children with ASD. I liked all the examples and visuals Dr. Rydell provided as he discussed each of the 10 LSP components." S.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Learning how to help a child shift from object oriented to people oriented. Video examples and repetition of information was helpful." B.P. (Nov. 2022)
"I really enjoyed the videos of working with the students and the teaching before and after. Dr. Rydell's manner of presentation is so much more interesting than often seen. I appreciated that he was on a stage walking around rather than following a person teaching from a seated position. This was much more engaging." A.W. (Nov. 2022)
"I was most interested in the use of peer modeling instead of adult directives. I liked the many video clips showing the different elements of the LSP in action." D.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Dynamic presenter. Establishing the social glue before moving on to other goals was beneficial to learn." S.T. (Nov. 2022)
"I loved the way to shift from object-oriented to people-oriented for those who are struggling. The information was taught so well and the videos were great information." A.L. (Oct. 2022)
"Lots of video which demonstrates the importance of different LSP approaches." W.T. (Sept. 2022)
"The videos are helpful... Pat's explanations and pauses during the video help. Thank you for sharing. I've already tried to implement in my therapy session with a co-worker and saw a difference in the child calming down." Y.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked all of the content. The idea of how to help kids be less object oriented was beneficial." M.S. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the early steps of the LSP. Videos were helpful in demonstrating the strategies." J.G. (July 2022)
"I liked the tools and resources provided. And learning how to handle a child with ASD in social interactions." J.M. (July 2022)
"This whole course was extremely beneficial for my practice. The LSP approach has really changed my perspective on how to teach my students with ASD. It most importantly has taught me how to create a social game plan so that my students can learn on their own rather than being so prompt dependent." M.M. (June 2022)
"I really liked how the instructor broke down each section of the LSP and gave various video examples on how to implement therapy. One important take-away from the video examples was how I can use less talking and more cuing." M.M. (June 2022)
"I found the entire class to be great! His presentation was very easy to listen to and the videos really brought his ideas to realization." L.D. (June 2022)
"Easy to follow and understand. I liked the information on executive functions as I work on executive function skills with many clients." K.P. (May 2022)
"Straight forward information, supporting the idea that you can't explicitly teach every single thing, but teaching kids how to learn from others." J.C. (May 2022)
"I liked the video examples on how to implement." C.L. (May 2022)
"Specific treatment examples with explanations. I liked the ideas on how to explain the theory behind the practice to family members and teachers." J.L. (May 2022)
"Moving therapy away from scripted communication and toward natural, spontaneous communication was beneficial." S.S. (May 2022)
"I liked the videos illustrating his points, especially how the videos also showed some "what not to do" – that it wasn't all perfection. The early LSPs will be beneficial to my practice because I work with very young children with ASD and need strategies for establishing joint attention and social referencing." A.R. (Apr. 2022)
"I appreciate how Dr. Rydell broke down the LSP and its components while also providing examples through videos of actual patients." A.C. (Apr. 2022)
"The discussion on shifting our patients from Object-Oriented to People-Oriented was very helpful and an easy first step to implement in my daily practice." A.R. (Apr. 2022)
"I thought the video examples were great. The entire course was excellent. I was happy to see that this was an advanced course worth more than 1-2 hours of credit. At this point in my career, these are the kinds of courses I need." N.R. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the examples of clinician behaviors to give children the best interventions." A.B. (Mar. 2022)
"This approach to ASD therapy makes so much sense! I appreciated the easily applicable modifications to current approaches and how easily these strategies can be worked in and targeted. I appreciated the layout of the 10 objectives and the focus in #1 on minimizing distractions/objects in order to set the stage for the person/therapist as being the most important "object" to interact with in the room." M.C. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the many examples, videos, and explanations of how/why each technique is effective. I also appreciated the presenter's willingness to show imperfections in his own sessions, as we can all relate to session by session successes and failures in our approaches/strategies." M.C. (Mar. 2022)
"The 10 LSP are useful to organize my thoughts and analysis to a child. I liked the videos, examples and protocol." C.C. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked how Dr. Rydell discussed information on how to work with children with ASD; I enjoyed the videos of the work that he did with his children and their families. I liked how he emphasized how children need to feel that glue which builds their confidence and then the language goes on top of that." A.M. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked all of it! So common sensical when you hear it." T.K. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the simple way the speaker presented complex information." S.O. (Dec. 2021)
"Presented new ideas when working with ASD children in a way that was easily understood, and provided videos/examples on how to use each part of the learning style profile program. The whole seminar was very beneficial!" C.M. (Nov. 2021)
"I found the topic of clearing the room and not giving the child an object but rather having the child look around and get joint attention with you beneficial." D.A. (Oct. 2021)
"This has completely shifted my way of thinking as an SLP and how I structure therapy. All of the topics covered were relevant. He did an amazing job outlining all of the principles of LSP." L.V. (Sept. 2021)
"I loved all the videos and the concept of foundational teaching for these children with ASD. I appreciated this new perspective of how to help those with ASD and the LSP model." C.M. (Sept. 2021)
"Excellent course! Information was presented clearly. Enjoyed watching the video presentation!" A.G. (Aug. 2021)
"Excellent speaker and very helpful video examples, especially showing student growth over time." M.L. (Jul. 2021)
"The flexibility and generative language, shared control, and executive function will be beneficial for my daily practice. The relevance of the information, the knowledge and enthusiasm of the presenter, and the video examples were good." S.K. (Jul. 2021)
"Everything-amazing and best online course I have ever taken. I loved Pat-very effective at communication the LSP particularly given the videos to follow." J.G. (Jun. 2021)
"I can't pick just one! LSP #4 and LSP #5 were the most enlightening. I love the whole idea of modeling without using words and teaching the young child to switch roles in activities. Clear, practical strategies that I understand today. Given a framework to work within. It builds on the knowledge I already have, but looks through a different lens. Thank you for producing the program." M.G. (Jun. 2021)
"I am working with the younger-aged children and finding it difficult to find ways to engage them in activities, to stay in the room, to not climb onto the counters, etc. This course has given me some useful ideas with one child in particular - the "runner", with no apparent comprehension or communication. I have gotten him to sit in a chair with me for up to 20 minutes, with occasional eye contact while I'm playing with a toy. I hand it over to him after he has watched me and sometimes I have to provide some HOHA, but he has gotten better at watching me, looking at me, and taking a turn. Great examples and working through the LSP steps or levels." K.S. (Jun. 2021)
"The use of videos enhanced what the speaker was teaching." M.G. (May 2021)
"I work at a private school in which my entire caseload is students with autism. For me the most beneficial topics would be to helps my students become more people oriented and the concept of when/then rather than if/then." R.R. (May 2021)
“I think tying together CERT model, joint attention, executive functioning to a learning style profile is wonderful. I liked that the presentation used videos, lecture, and handouts.” S.M. (Apr. 2021)
“I can't pick just one! LSP #4 and LSP #5 were the most enlightening. I love the whole idea of modeling without using words and teaching the young child to switch roles in activities. Clear, practical strategies that I understand today. Given a framework to work within. It builds on the knowledge I already have, but looks through a different lens." M.G. (Apr. 2021)
"The presenter was a dynamic speaker and kept my attention throughout the course. The organization of the course was great. I especially enjoyed the video paired with discussing child's agenda. The videos gave a real feel of the lsp approach." D.L. (Apr. 2021)
“The content was excellent, and the videos provided outstanding examples that support understanding.” S.S (Mar. 2021)
“I enjoyed the examples and the reassurance that it's okay to not know what you're doing at first. I can also relate to his early practice experiences. It was very detailed and relatable to my clinical experience.” A.D. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked the 10 principles that came from boiling down a lot of info.” L.B. (Feb. 2021)
"I really enjoyed learning about JAR and how to mix/match simple words to create greater verbal flexibility. I enjoyed the podcast aspect with input from parents, teachers, and clinicians." H..F. (Feb. 2021)
"I liked the logical explanations to use with parents to explain the use of (non-verbal) instruction/prompting. I appreciated the emphasis throughout on cues as opposed to prompts." M.F. (Feb. 2021)
"I appreciated the treatment strategies via LSP and how informative the course is." R.T. (Feb. 2021)
"I liked the practical strategies provided. Dr. Patrick Rydell's manner of presentation was excellent. The Rocky Mountain Autism Center sounds like an excellent facility." M.M. (Jan. 2021)
"The parent teaching suggestions were most helpful. This was a logical progress of the Prizant and Weatherby approach and was very comfortable and made total sense to me." G.E. (Jan. 2021)
Patrick J. Rydell, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is the Founder and Director of the Rocky Mountain Autism Center, Inc. and Autism On Call, LLC, in Lone Tree, Colorado. With more than 38 years of practice (“on the floor”) in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), he has provided international and national trainings, workshops, consultations and program development to governmental agencies, medical facilities, universities, school districts, professionals and families. His doctorate was earned through a National Institute of Health Leadership in Autism grant (1989) and he has a double master’s degree in speech pathology and special education with a program emphasis in early childhood and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Rydell is a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant recipient (2005). Dr. Rydell is the co-author of the SCERTS Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006) and author of the Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Rydell, 2012) and Autism On Call Educational Series (Vimeo, 2017). Dr. Rydell has also co-authored 5 book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed research articles on topics related to autism spectrum disorders. He is currently developing ASD programs across Asia, Central Asia, and South America based on the LSP approach.
Financial — Patrick Rydell is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Patrick Rydell is the author of Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, published by Rocky Mountain Autism Center (January 21, 2013); receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Patrick Rydell has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclosure.
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