World Autism Month: How Speech Therapy Can Help

bigstock-pupils-talking-3493457It’s World Autism Month! You may have seen communities and individuals around the globe “lighting it up blue” for autism this month to help raise awareness. In support of this campaign, we’ve dedicated our blogs this month to topics in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Over the past weeks, we’ve discussed some basic facts about autism and signs and symptoms for early identification. Today, we’ll talk about some of the ways speech-language therapy can help a person on the spectrum communicate and live their best life.

Although communication is almost always impacted in some way for people with ASD, how communication is effected varies significantly based on the individual and the severity of their disorder. Below are just a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist might work with a child on the autistic spectrum:

Using Social Language: Learning the unwritten social rules of language is one of the most difficult issues for many people on the autistic spectrum. A speech therapist can help a person improve their social use of language. This might include understanding of how to take turns in a conversation, vary the topics they talk about, or recognizing how others are feeling.

Non-Verbal Communication: Children on the spectrum often have difficulty mastering non-verbal communication (e.g., gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, etc.). This can make day-to-day interactions difficult and pave the way for misunderstandings, miscommunications, and social difficulties. By working with a speech-language pathologist, people on the autistic spectrum can increase their awareness and interpretation of non-verbal communication in others, and learn ways to incorporate non-verbal communication skills into their own speech.

Increasing Spoken Language: Some children with ASD have limited ability to understand or express language. A speech-language pathologist can help a child improve their language skills to make it easier for them to express wants and needs and interact with those around them. This could include helping the child learn words, learn to ask and answer questions, or make requests.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about speech-language therapy, give us a call at (212) 308-7725 or send an e-mail to jayne@speechassociatesofny.com. I’d be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

 

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