Yesterday, Dr. Paul Yoder gave a fantastic presentation on “Helping Children with Autism Learn to Talk,” as part of CHDD’s Consortium on Early Childhood Intervention (CECI) speaker series. In his presentation he described “value added” predictors of speech in children with ASD, emphasizing the importance of children’s intentional communication, diversity of consonants, diversity of object play, and caregivers’ linguistic responses to child leads. This lecture marked his final day on sabbatical at UW before his return to Vanderbilt University. Dr. Yoder has collaborated with Dr. Stone on multiple projects, and is lead PI on our current ImPACT Study. The READi Lab is grateful for the opportunity to spend time with Dr. Yoder over the past 4 months, and we wish him a safe return to Nashville!