Speech Pathology and Autism

What is it?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects a person’s social understanding, communication and behaviour.  The disorder is a spectrum disorder.  Which means that how people present with ASD varies.  There is a saying that if you’ve met one child on the ASD spectrum then you’ve met one person on the ASD spectrum as there is such a difference in presentation.

Children may have minimal verbal output and need to learn to communicate in different ways such as signing or with a device.  Children may only have difficulty with social awareness or understanding.  The terms “mild” or “severe” are no longer being used in current research as children that were considered “mild” in presentation may still have significant challenges.  The current diagnosis categorisation is Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3.

What does Early Start Speech Pathology offer for children with ASD?

Early Start uses evidenced based approaches when working with children with ASD.  All our therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with children with ASD and their families.

Early Start therapists look at communication as a whole picture.  We use Hanen & Floortime to help develop play skills and parent/child connection.  We use Key word signing and visuals in all our sessions to help support and facilitate their communication. Our therapists are trained in Social Thinking concepts and we run several groups throughout the year targeting social skills.