<- Back
This course is part of HealthcareLink Learning Portal.

Communication Impairments Part 4: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and AAC course for General Practitioners

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session is the last of four that looks at different speech, language and communication impairments. The session covers autistic spectrum disorder and Down syndrome. It describes the defining characteristics, prevalence and diagnostic criteria for each condition as well as the referral routes and key supporting agencies. It also provides an introduction to augmentative and alternative communication, which may be used to support communication in children with autistic spectrum disorder or Down syndrome as well as conditions such as cerebral palsy and developmental verbal dyspraxia.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the common developmental syndromes that give rise to secondary speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Identify the chief speech, language and communication characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome
  • Identify when it may be appropriate to refer a child to a speech and language therapist, an audiologist, or the child development team for multi-professional assessment
  • Know how to access the key agencies providing advice and support for parents of children with speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Identify the four strands to augmentative and alternative communication

This is the final of four sessions that explore atypical speech, language and communication development.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following HCP sessions:

  • 07_01 Child as Listener and Speaker Part 1: Non-verbal Apects of Communication (402-0034)
  • 07_02 Child as Listener and Speaker Part 2: Verbal Aspects of Communication (402-00100)
Instructors / Speakers
Lynne Bremner,
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Lothian Lynne Bremner is a specialist speech and language therapist in autism.

Lynne is an autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS) trainer and is part of the multi-disciplinary team, including paediatricians and speech and language therapists who offer specialist diagnosis at the Communication Clinic at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Lynne also works as a lecturer in speech and hearing sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She teaches mainly in the area of speech and language therapy practice and has been a key member of a clinical-academic research team, investigating clinician decision making, for three years.

Joanne Clelland,
Research Fellow, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Joanne Cleland is a speech and language therapist who has worked on clinical research projects since graduating in 2002.

Her research interests are autism, Down’s syndrome, suprasegmental and segmental speech disorders and visual feedback therapy.

Lynsey Parrot,
Speech and language therapist, and senior lecturer at University College Plymouth St Mark & St John in Devon

Lynsey is a highly specialist speech and language therapist and her clinical work and research is with children and adults with complex communication needs.

Lynsey’s interests include the long-term impact of severe communication impairments on quality of life, particularly for those people who use augmentative and alternative communication systems.

Communication Impairments Part 4: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and AAC course for General Practitioners
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Access Duration (in months)
Programs this course belongs to
Modules this course belongs to
Get 10% off with HealthcareLink
Save 10%
Similar Listings