Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Autism Awareness Month
Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Statistics identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the month of April with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.
Speech 4 Kids is joining in on the effort to promote autism awareness by sharing what speech and language therapy offers children on the autism spectrum as well as helpful tips to promote speech and language skills.
Benefits of Speech Therapy

Speech Language Pathologists are an essential part of the therapeutic team. With early screening and detection of children at risk, speech language pathologists often lead the way in helping with the diagnosis of autism and in making the appropriate referrals to other specialists. Once autism is diagnosed, speech language pathologists  assess the best ways to improve communication and enhance each child’s quality of life.

Speech 4 Kids creates an individualized treatment plan to best meet the needs of our children. Some of the programs we incorporate and blend into our therapy sessions to encourage overall communication skills include: Floortime, More Than Words – Hanen Program,  Michelle Garcia – Winners Social Thinking, Carol Grey’s Social Stories and Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS).

Early detection is the key in helping children with Autism. Research continues to prove that early intervention can improve a child’s overall development.  A comprehensive program which includes speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and ABA therapies will positively impact a child’s life.

“Autism did not stop Einstein, Mozart, Newton or Temple Grandin from reaching the stars… and it won’t stop any other child either”

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Helpful Tips for Promoting Speech and Language Development for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Every moment of your child’s life provides an opportunity for you to help him or her learn to communicate. By taking advantage of the routines and activities you already do every day, you can help your child learn many important skills that will enable him or her to connect with others more effectively.

Here are a few tips to encourage and support communication:

  • Enter into your child’s word by using motivating people and toys to encourage communication
  • Use clear and concise language
  • Label feelings as they occur
  • Assume competence to improve empowerment
  • Model language and use aided language stimulation
  • Use a total communication approach using both unaided and aided communication
  • Encourage your child’s talents

 

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