Are you worried your son or daughter may have autism?
Does your child avoid eye contact or not respond when spoken to?
Has your son or daughter exhibited signs of repetition or obsession?
The following may be warning signs for autism:
- Inability to maintain eye contact, or failure to respond when spoken to or called by name
- Rigid rules or routines
- Isolation or avoiding social interaction
- Repetitive or obsessive behavior, such as lining up objects or only performing tasks in a particular order
- Involuntary or excessive behaviors such as blinking, rocking, hand flapping or finger flicking
Autism is a neurobehavioral disorder with four distinct autism diagnoses, all, enveloping a spectrum of symptoms and impairments that range in severity. Autism is characterized by difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, and obsessive or repetitive behavior.
Autism can make it difficult for individuals to interact socially, both with verbal and nonverbal communication. Trouble making eye contact or involuntary noises can also cause problems at home, at school or with peers.
A licensed clinician can help with an evaluation and assist with providing your child with strategies to best manage the symptoms and embrace the strengths that autism can provide.
Specific goals of speech therapy include helping the individual with autism:
- Communicate both verbally and nonverbally
- Initiate communication without prompting from others
- Know the appropriate time and place to communicate something; for example, when to say “I need help”
- Develop conversational skills
Autism can make it difficult for your child to make or maintain friendships, or to get along with family members. When they mature, it can be harder for them to have intimate relationships. They may also develop repetitive, obsessive or ritualistic behaviors that interfere with their daily life.
Speech therapy can improve overall communication. This makes it possible for people with autism to improve their ability to form relationships and function in day-to-day life. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child.