Characteristics that Differentiate Autism from Other Developmental Language Delays

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As a speech-language pathologist or other early intervention therapist, is it difficult for you to determine which toddlers exhibit characteristics of autism vs. those with other language delays?

Parents – are you unsure if your child has signs of autism?

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of as she discusses the main characteristics that will help you differentiate autism from other developmental language delays in late talking toddlers. 

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ASHA CEUs and Other CE Credit

A Course Handout will be provided with the purchase of course. ASHA CEUs for speech-language pathologists… coming soon! Therapists… get continuing education credit for this 1 hour course! (If you’re an email subscriber, you’ll get details first!)  


Course Description

In this one hour video, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of to learn the six main characteristics that differentiate ASD from language delay in toddlers. A list of functional screening questions was also provided so that clinicians may include this information as a part of initial assessment and intervention sessions with toddlers and their families.


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify six characteristics for differentiating ASD from language delay in toddlers.
  2. Ask parents functional screening questions to help identify possible autism vs. language delay.


Timed Agenda


Factors that Make Differentiating Autism from Language Delay Difficult in Toddlers – 0 to 10 minutes

Evidence Based Support –  10:00 – 11:54

Importance of Differential Diagnosis for this Population –  11:54 – 17:42

Specific Criteria to Differentiate ASD from Other Language Delays –  17:42 – 18:27

Social Interaction Differences – 18:27 – 25:51

Communication/Language Development Differences – 25:51 – 35:33

Motor Skill Differences – 35:33 – 42:31

Temperament or Emotional Regulation Differences – 42:31 – 48:25 

Difference in Progress at Key Ages – 48:25 – 50:20

Summary, List of Functional Screening Questions, and Additional Resources:  50:20 – 1 hour, 20 seconds


Course Director

Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in young children ages birth to four with communication delays and disorders in her private practice in Stanford, Kentucky. She earned a B.S. from Mississippi University for Women and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Laura holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She authors the website, hosts her popular YouTube channel, and publishes a weekly audio and video podcast Teach Me To Talk: The Podcast. Laura produced a series of training DVDs for parents and professionals who work with children with developmental speech-language delays and disorders. Her best-selling DVDs and therapy manuals are used by pediatric therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice, early intervention programs, grad schools, preschool programs, and continuing education conferences throughout the USA, Canada, South Africa, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Australia, India, Zambia, Greece, and the UK.



Financial – Laura Mize owns and The Laura Mize Group and therefore receives a salary, compensation for speaking, and royalties from product sales and also receives revenue from the YouTube Partners Program.

Nonfinancial – Laura Mize has no other financial or nonfinancial relationships with any author, publisher, or SLP whose work she recommends in this course.  


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This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).



(Coming soon!!)


Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

Participants must have watched the video and paid the $5 processing fee to obtain a certificate of completion and/or to have your participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Once the $5 fee is paid, you will be redirected to complete additional information online required to award a Certificate of Completion which includes completion of the Verification Statement that you watched the video, Self Assessment of Learning Outcomes, a Program Evaluation, Request for Certificate, and an ASHA CEU participant form or your ASHA number for filing ASHA CEUs (if applicable).  Once all required sections are completed and submitted, you will receive access to generate your certificate which will be emailed to you upon final review of your submission. No credit will be awarded without completion of this entire process. ASHA CEU information is submitted monthly and will appear on your ASHA CEU Registry shortly thereafter. Partial credit is not available.

For Other Professionals: Upon completion and return of the forms and receipt of your $5 processing fee, a Certificate of Completion will be provided so that you may file for continuing education with your own organization or licensing agency.

For Non-Professionals and Parents: All course content is offered at an Introductory, Professional Level and may not be suitable for all parents or non-professionals. If you’d like a Certificate of Completion, you may also register for credit.

Participants who are dissatisfied should notify us by email at so that your issue can be resolved. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase.

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Do you need new ideas for identifying and treating toddlers with red flags for autism? I can help! Get my course Is It Autism? and start seeing better results with your own child or youngest little friends today!

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