Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder which can affect a person’s communication ability and social skills. It may include repetitive actions, obsessive interests and other behaviours which differ across individuals depending on the nature of their Autism. Another defining factor of Autism is the impact it has on speech and language. The team at Chatterbox Speech Pathology are experienced in treating speech problems related to Autism. Each treatment style and program must be tailored to suit the individual and this is something Chatterbox Speech Pathology recognises and implements.
One of the defining factors of Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD is difficulty with language comprehension, speech and non- verbal communication. This means that the individual might experience difficulty with social interaction. Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy can work to address the issues experienced.
Autism differs greatly in symptoms and severity. The list below describes speech problems that may be experienced by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also likely to experience difficulty communicating with others. A person with Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD may experience some or all of the following communication challenges which can be managed by a Speech Pathologist or Occupational Therapist.
Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists should be included in the treatment plan for people with Autism due to their expertise in the area of language and speech. Speech Pathologists work with children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD to find the best way to improve their communication skills.
An important consideration is that the Speech Pathologist and Occupational therapist tailors their treatment to suit the individual. At Chatterbox Speech Pathology, the experienced and thoughtful team understand the complexities of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the individuality of each patient. Therefore, the treatment provided is carefully planned in order to achieve improvements in the patient’s quality of life.
Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy is an important part of the management of Autism for children. It can aid in the development of communication and social skills to improve the patient’s quality of life.