“It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential”

–Hans Asperger


Alicia A. Elliott, ED.D. CCC/SLP

Dr. Alicia ElliottDr. Alicia A. Elliott was born in Burbank, California and attended CSU Long Beach, obtaining her BA degree in Speech Communication, an MA in Communication Disorders, a second MA in Educational Administration and her doctorate degree in Special Education in 1997 from UCLA.

She held various positions with Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Office, including Aphasia Teacher, 1974-75; Autism Teacher, 1975-79; and Language/Speech Specialist, 1979-81.

During her time with the county, she worked as a teacher in the Aphasia Transition Class, serving children with mild to moderate autism. This pioneering, federally-funded program was part of the Language Based Autism Project following implementation of PL 94-142.

Dr. Elliott has maintained a private practice since 1983. In 1997 with the late Leslie K. Watkins she founded the Elliott Institute, which has served over 130 children, adolescents and young adults in its school and clinic.

Recipient of an Individual Achievement Award, Extraordinary Teaching Competence, National Society for Autistic Children, 1979, and Clinical Competence, Outstanding Service and Outstanding Graduate Student Award, CSU Long Beach, 1973-74, she received the 1997 Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Speech and Hearing Association for her work with communication-disabled children.

A recipient of multiple WHO’S WHO mentions, Dr. Elliott is sought after as a presenter at numerous conferences on autism and language disorders, and has served as an expert witness in Mediation/Fair Hearing cases and as a panelist on Autism issues. She also serves on the Board at Pasadena City College as an advisor for the SLPA Training Program and is certified as a Supervisor for Speech and Language Pathology Assistants through ASHA