Speech-Language Pathology Programs & Services Autism Spectrum Assessment Program Connecticut Children’s Autism Spectrum Assessment Program (ASAP) is a collaborative effort between the departments of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and Speech-Language Pathology. It provides an initial evaluation of children with suspected autism so that appropriate early intervention services can be implemented. ASAP reduces extensive wait times for diagnosis, streamlines data collection, minimizes duplication of services, and optimizes the skills and expertise of Connecticut Children’s specialists. The evaluation includes an assessment of communicative functioning and developmental pediatrics consultation. Augmentative-Alternative Communication The Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) program provides children with the opportunity to be assessed by speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and technology experts using a variety of low- and high-tech options. AAC can help children who have difficulty communicating with speech gain independence. With AAC technology, children are able to communicate their needs, experience social closeness with their family and friends, participate more fully in school, and improve their overall functioning. Cochlear Implant Program The Cochlear Implant Program is a joint effort with the departments of Audiology and Otolaryngology to obtain pre- and post-operative data on patients and to offer supplementary therapeutic services. Feeding Team The Feeding Team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center evaluates infants, children and adolescents from birth through age 18 with feeding difficulties. Its multidisciplinary team of specialists is experienced in treating children affected by extreme food selectivity or refusal, challenging mealtime behaviors, difficulty with transitioning from tube feeding to oral feeds, and specific skill deficits in the areas of swallowing or self-feeding. Instrumental Swallow Assessments Instrumental Swallow Assessments are available as indicated after a bedside swallow assessment. Speech-language pathologists conduct modified barium swallow/videofluoroscopic swallow study (MBS/VFSS) and flexible endoscopic assessment of swallow (FEES) assessments while working collaboratively with the departments of Radiology and Otolaryngology, respectively.