About Us

The Social Communication Growth Charts were developed by the FIRST WORDS® Project at Florida State University to teach families of infants and toddlers between 9 and 24 months about the five domains of social communication development: Language, Play, Social Competence, Emotional Regulation, and Self-Directed Learning.

About the Authors

Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP
Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP

Amy M. Wetherby is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Director of the Autism Institute in the Florida State University College of Medicine, and the Laurel Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders in the Florida State University College of Communication and Information.

Renee D. Holland, MS, CCC-SLP
Renee D. Holland, MS, CCC-SLP

Renee D. Holland is the Assistant Director of Early Intervention Services Research and the Lead Intervention Coordinator for the Early Social Interaction Project in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine.

Nancy D. Rich Wiseman
Nancy D. Rich Wiseman

Nancy D. Rich Wiseman is Founder and President of First Signs, Inc. and author of Could It Be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps and The First Year®: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child.

Steve Barnes, BFA
Steve Barnes, BFA

Steve Barnes is the Media and Technology Coordinator for the Autism Institute in the Florida State University College of Medicine.

Joanne P. Lasker, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Joanne P. Lasker, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Joanne Lasker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College.

About the Authors

Laura Newton

Project Coordinator and Family Resource Coordinator

Kaitlin Alfermann, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Vickie Peace, BS

Early Childhood Specialist

Kathy Watkins

Family Resource Coordinator

Technology Development Team

Hector Holguin

System Design and Development

Askia Jones

Website and Graphic Design

Brian Seagraves

System Design and Development

Cara North, PMP

Project Management

Marc Nottke

IT Vendor Coordination

Diana Jones-Ellis

Quality Assurance

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