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Speech and Language Therapy for Autism

Speech and language therapy plays a key role in the identification and treatment of Autism. Some of the main symptoms of Autism include impairments in verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as difficulties in reciprocal social interaction. Each individual will vary with regards to their level of impairment; some individuals may be unable to speak at all, or have limited speech, as well as difficulties making eye contact, using facial expressions and gestures. Others may be able to speak and have a wide vocabulary but their speech remains repetitive and non-communicative. Other problems that may also be experienced include; difficulties understanding the meaning of words and sentences, intonation problems, and difficulties in initiating or maintaining a conversation.

SLT group work

SLT group work

Speech and Language Therapists play a key role in the evaluation and management of individuals with Autism as they can provide interventions to help improve communication skills. Speech and Language Therapy aims to treat any speech deficits, semantics and pragmatic difficulties. For individuals that are unable to speak, the Speech and Language Therapist can design augmentative and alternative communication systems and devices.

In general, Speech and Language Therapy for children with Autism aims to address the following areas:

  • attention and listening skills
  • development of play skills
  • motivation to communicate
  • social understanding
  • understanding of language
  • expressive communication skills
  • social skills
  • non-verbal communication - including means of expression and gestures
  • conversational skills