Speech language therapy addresses challenges with language and communication. It can help children with autism to improve their Verbal, Non verbal and social communication.
The overall goal is to help the child to communicate in more useful and functional way.
Some individuals on the autism spectrum are not able to speak. Others love to talk, but have difficulty in holding a conversation or understanding body language and facial expression when talking with others
Examples of the skills that Speech Therapy may work on include
- Strengthening the muscles in the mouth jaw and neck.
- Making clear speech sounds
- Matching emotions with correct facial expression
- Understanding body language
- Responding to questions
- Matching a picture with its meaning
- Modulating tone of Voice
Some people with Autism find that using pictures or technology to communicate is more effective than speaking. This is known as Alternate Augmentation Communication (AAC).
Examples of AAC methods include :
- Sign language
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)