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Barry M. Prizant      

Authority on Autism & Author of "Uniquely Human"

Barry M. Prizant has more than 40 years of experience as a clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and program consultant to children and older persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families. He is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has Photo Prizant served as a tenured Professor of Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University and Emerson College, Boston, where he developed specialty tracks in language disabilities and autism in the Master’s and Doctoral programs.

He has developed family-centered programs for newly diagnosed toddlers with social-communication disabilities and ASD and their families in hospital and university clinic settings, and consults widely to schools and agencies in New England as well and nationally and internationally, from early intervention through high school settings.

In the 1970’s, Barry continued his life’s journey maintaining a focus on supporting people with disabilities and their families throughout his Master’s and Doctoral studies in Communication Disorders and Child and Human Development. Since 1998, Barry has been Director of Childhood Communication Services (CCS), a private practice, and at Brown University, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Development, and currently in the Artists and Scientists as Partners Group. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters on autism, childhood communication disorders and child development, has given more than 700 seminars and workshops in 49 states and 20 countries. He has served on the Editorial Board of six scholarly journals and wrote a regular column for Autism Spectrum Quarterly for five years.

Prizant is the co-author of the book "Autism spectrum disorders: A developmental, transactional perspective," the assessment instruments, The Communication and Symbolic Behavior (CSBS) Scales and The CSBS-Developmental Profile (with Dr. Amy Wetherby). Other research and clinical interests include early identification of young children with disabilities, impact of childhood disability on the family, family-centered support and treatment, understanding language and communicative characteristics of children with social-communicative disabilities including ASD, and the relationships between communication disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders in children. His latest book (with Tom Fields-Meyer), written for a mainstream audience is "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism," published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

Over the past decade, Prizant and his colleagues' work has also focused on developing the SCERTS Model for individuals who have or are at-risk for social-communicative difficulties including autism, and their families. The SCERTS Model is an evidenced-based framework now being implemented in a dozen countries with the manuals having been translated into Japanese, and Korean with other translations in process, providing many unique opportunities for international collaboration and travel.

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