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Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy can play a big role in the treatment of speech delay and/or disorder in children with autism.

This is because two of the signature characteristics of autistic children : difficulty with communication and difficulty with social interaction which can be addressed with speech-language therapy. While there is no cure for autism, there are many behavioral therapies and drug regimens that can significantly improve an autistic child’s symptoms, ability to learn, and overall quality of life.

There are two elements to the best practice in treating autism. One involves principles of applied behavioral analysis, which uses cues and rewards to help children learn,” explained Rebecca Landa, PhD, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. “The other element involves the use of developmentally appropriate practice. This means that the the use of developmentally appropriate practice. This means that the intervention goals for children are defined in such a way that the next easiest skill or knowledge is the content of the next learning goal. In this way, children experience success and learning happens more quickly.

Speech-Language Interventions

Communication impairment is a core deficit of autism,. Therefore all children with autism,. should receive some intervention that involves speech and language development,” explained Landa. Speech-language pathologists can help children with autism communicate more effectively and understand the subtle points of social interactions.

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