12th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Jasper A. Estabillo, PhD

Friday, May 14, 2021

"Teaching Social Skills to Autistic Adolescents and Young Adults: Strategies for In-Person and Virtual Interactions"

Speaker: Jasper A. Estabillo, PhD is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the social challenges faced by adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder
  • Identify evidence-based methods for teaching social skills
  • Describe ecologically valid strategies for in-person and virtual social communication skills


10:00-11:00 Social skills challenges in ASD and PEERS background
11:00-11:30 Conversation skills: Trading Information
11:30-12:00 Conversation skills: Entering and exiting conversations
12:00-12:30 Break
12:30-1:00 Conversation skills: Starting and ending phone calls and video chats
1:00-1:30 Resources and Conclusions
1:30-2:00 Q&A

All attendees must register online by May 7, 2021.

This is a WEBINAR only event and will be held via Zoom. The link will be provided at registration.

For questions, please email Lori Marra.

The tuition fee per person is provided below:

Current and recent Clinical Supervisors of Duquesne SLP graduate students.
Must have supervised after January 2019.
Duquesne SLP Alumni $25
Past Clinical Supervisors of DU SLP graduate students.
Supervised before 2019.
General Registration $35

Registration policy: Each attendee must register separately. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Abstract: Social skills challenges are common among adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Although autistic individuals may struggle with friendships and relationships, many indicate a desire for learning how to develop and maintain meaningful relationships. This presentation will discuss the UCLA PEERS program, an evidence-based social skills intervention for autistic youth and young adults and with other social difficulties. Various topics related to teaching social skills will be covered, including how to support social skills during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker Bio: Jasper A. Estabillo, PhD is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of research and clinical settings, and she has extensive experience in applied behavior analysis. Her postdoctoral work focuses on training community mental health providers in evidence-based interventions (EBI) for children on the autism spectrum and agency leadership on facilitating implementation of EBI. In the UCLA PEERS Clinic, she leads the PEERS for Young Adults social skills groups.


Financial: Jasper Estabillo is a Clinical Instructor and Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic. As the presenter of this CE, she is receiving an honorarium.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Estabillo is a member of the International Society for Autism Research and serves on the Cultural Diversity Committee. She is a family member of a developmentally disabled person, and she has many close relationships with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program for accommodations.

ASHA: This program is offered for .35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Speech Language Pathologists and other professionals working with children, adolescents and young adults with autism.

Cancellations: Paid registration fees will be refunded if you contact us within 72 hours prior to the conference date. The registrant will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after that time. Duquesne University's SLP Department reserves the right to cancel the course with due cause. In case of cancellation, a full refund will be given to enrolled participants within two weeks of scheduled conference.

For more information:
Call: 412.396.1584

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