Speech-language pathologists play a critical role in helping to address a wide range of communication challenges often faced by children with autism. My role is to help the child to be a more competent social communicator with parents, peers, and other communication partners. This will likely improve his/her ability to form relationships and to function in day-to-day life.
Treatment often involves direct therapy with the child as well as collaborating with family members, school personnel, other professionals and caregivers involved in the child’s daily life.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many different children with ASD, ranging in age from preschool to adolescent. I am familiar with various therapy approaches and I spend time keeping up to date with changing or innovative treatment methods.
Autism is usually evident before age 3, and language delays can be recognized as early as 18 months of age. Research has shown that early intervention can make a significant difference in improving the communication skills of children on the autism spectrum.
Many children with autism can benefit from AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). One method sometimes used is PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). AAC may even help children learn to talk.