Carol Schall, Ph.D.
Characteristics of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Part 2 a: Communication
Carol Schall, Ph.D., Ph.D., VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent a distinct category of developmental disabilities that share many of the same characteristics. Autism spectrum disorders affect an individual's ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors. The symptoms can occur in any combination and can range from very mild to quite severe. Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autism and the related disorders of Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). This section focuses on communication.
Dr. Carol Schall is a presenter in this presentation. Dr. Schall has been learning from and supporting individuals with autism since the early 1980s. She is involved in supporting individuals across Virginia through her work as the Director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center at VCU. She is well-versed in completing functional behavior assessments and using positive behavior supports to develop comprehensive plans for individuals from a person-centered approach. Dr. Schall presents nationally and provides training and education to schools, families, and community services providers who support individuals with autism or related disorders. Her research interests include the monitoring of psychotropic medication for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, transition from school to work, adulthood, and training parents and professionals to serve individuals with disabilities. Dr. Schall is listed in the 2005 and 2006 editions of Who's Who in America and has been honored by TASH with the Positive Approaches Award. She is also the coeditor of the book "Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success Beyond the Classroom," which is available through Paul H. Brookes Publishers.