This project will educate 22 full-time Master's students to become speech-language pathologists with a focus on communication skills related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The target population the students will work with are children ranging from birth to high school age whose ASD ranges from mild to profound. The overall aim is to establish a nucleus of self-sustaining speech pathology professionals in the surrounding region of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Students will train to work in public school settings as specialists in assessment and intervention of children with ASD. The project will train the graduate students through: (a) coursework with a focus on issues related to the assessment and intervention of children with ASD to maximize oral communication skills; (b) practicum placements within school systems that have in-district programs for children with ASD; (c) case studies and case presentation; and (d) participation in organizing and presenting workshops offered for Professional Development Points to local school staff.