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ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC

ASAP is an Educational and Behavioral Consulting Clinic that serves children diagnosed with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Communication and Social Delays
  • Neuro-developmental and behavioral disabilities

Dr. Slim-Topdjian provides educational and behavioral consultation to families, and educational facilities, and coordinates parent and staff training programs designed for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Slim-Topdjian is recognized for her innovative inter-professional, community-based interdisciplinary approach supporting families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, facilitating communication and integrating interventions across the disciplines of speech-language pathology and other direct service providers, supporting her intervention approach in autism spectrum disorders, while promoting inclusive integrative experiences.

ASAP Services

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
  • Home Instruction
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Transition and Inclusion Support
  • Consultation to Educational Facilities
  • Parent Support, Education and Training
  • Training and Education of Therapy/Teaching Staff
  • Supervision and Mentoring
  • Educational Program Evaluation
  • Education Program Development and Coordination

Lina Slim-Topdjian, Founder, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Founding Executive Director
ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC

Lina Slim-TopdjianDr. Slim-Topdjian is a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years specializing in the diagnosis and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism, Apraxia, sensory-processing disorders, and behavioral disorders, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration and training. Dr. Slim-Topdjian is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, since 2004. She provides educational and behavioral consultation to families, and educational facilities, and coordinates parent and staff training programs designed for children with autism spectrum disorders.  

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ASAP A Step Ahead Program

What is Autism?

Autism New Jersey Stated These Recent Changes to the Diagnostic Criteria

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) revised the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which includes changes to its definition of autism. The previous version of the DSM listed Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS) as distinct diagnoses under the broader category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. DSM-5 includes these separate diagnoses under a single umbrella term, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and makes changes to the way ASD is diagnosed.

The DSM-5 advises that individuals with a well-established DSM-IV diagnosis of autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified should be given the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The DSM-5 requires an individual to meet a specific number of criteria from two major categories. To be diagnosed with ASD, a person must have difficulty with social communication and interaction, and display restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. The diagnostician will rank the characteristics based on level of severity and describe the support the individual needs.

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ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC
Millington, New Jersey 07946
phone: 908-542-0002
fax: 908-542-0001
L.Slim-Topdjian@asapprogram.org

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