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Sylvia Diehl

Dr. Sylvia Diehl is a nationally known expert in teaching children with autism. She has a master’s degree in speech language pathology; an educational specialist degree in language, learning, and reading; and a Ph.D. in education curriculum and design, with a focus on autism (all from the University of South Florida).


Dr. Diehl is retired from the University of South Florida, where she taught courses in autism and augmentative and alternative communication. She has years of experience in public schools, universities, and clinical settings. She consults for school systems and conducts workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Diehl has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and continuing education classes for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Medbridge Education.

Dr. Diehl is the founder of Knowledge Counts, an online school for parents and families of children with autism.

See Dr. Diehl’s presentation on reading comprehension in children with autism, Reading It and Meaning It. The presentation was made at the 18th Annual Autism Conference (October 2018), sponsored by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).