Intervention for Children With Autism
The developmental disorder known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presents itself in many different ways. There is often a significant connection between ASD and speech and language difficulties; however, some children with ASD can be very verbal. For those who struggle with communication issues, intervention with a Speech-Language Pathologist can be highly beneficial.
An experienced Speech-Language Pathologist can develop communication systems that are appropriate for the unique needs of the child. Goals may include working on speech and language development in addition to social skills such as maintaining eye contact. Clinicians also work in conjunction with parents and other therapists (such as Occupational or Behavioural Therapists) to ensure new strategies for improved communication are incorporated into the child’s normal routine.
At S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks, there is a team of highly skilled Speech-Language Pathologists who can assess and treat the communication difficulties associated with ASD. The goal of the clinicians is to establish a good rapport with every child to ensure that they feel relaxed, supported and safe as they practice new skills and work toward achievable goals.
The first step is to call for an assessment. Completing an assessment gives the clinician an accurate representation of the child’s communication skills using both informal observations and formal diagnostic tools. Every assessment is different, based on the unique needs of the individual.
The offices of S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. To make an appointment, call 905-637-5522 or visit them online at www.slhunter.ca.