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Many autistic children and adults have speech problems.  Speech problems include articulation disorders, voice production, or fluency.  These problems can include Aphasia, Dysphasia, and Apraxia.

Language goals should be individualized and can include various alternative communication including learning to use the Picture Exchange System (PECs), sign language or an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices.  Receptive and expressive Language and verbal behavior, oral motor, auditory processing, social language, visual strategies, verbal reasoning (Wh questions) , sequencing, Teaching literally, generalizing, following directions

The following is a partial list of speech assessments.


Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children (KSPT) identifies the level of breakdown in a a child's ability to speak so that treatment can be established and improvement tracked.

Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation2 is an individually administered test that gives you the information needed about the child's ability to articulate consonant sounds.

Test of Phonological Awareness Skills (TOPAS) is designed to identify children 5 to 10 years old who have problems in phonological awareness.

Structured Photographic Articulation Test II (SPAT-D II) is used to assess consonant singletons , blends and phonogolical processes.

Test of Early Language Development (TELD-3) fields an overall Spoken Language score as well as receptive and Expressive language sustests.

Wiig Assessment of Basic Concepts (WABC) is a norm-referenced assessment that evaluates a child's understanding and use of basic concepts.

Clinical Assessment of Articulation and Phonology (CAAP) is an efficient and engaging norm-referenced instrucment that assesses the articulation and phology of preschool and school age children.

Auditory Processing Abilities Test (APAT) is a national standardized, norm-referenced auditory processing battery for use with children.

Test of auditory Reasoning and Processing Skills (TARPS) provides a quick, unitary assessment of auditory processing skills.

Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills - Revised (TAPS-R) is used to diagnose students for auditory-perceptual processing skills for children four to 12 years old.

Test for Auditory Perceptual Skills Upper Level (TAPS-UL) is used to diagnose children 12 to 17 years old.  

Kindergarten Language Screening Test (KLST-2) helps to quickly identify children who my have expressive and receptive language deficits in common preschool knowledge, understanding questions, repeating sentences, completing directions, spontaneous speech and comparing objects.

There are some great articles and specific communication ideas located at the TEACCH website.

Clinical Practice Guideline - Table of Contents

Behavioral and Educational Intervention Techniques to Improve Communication

Clinical Practice Guideline, Report of the Guideline Recommendations Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years)

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