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autism and language goal

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 learning to use various alternative communication systems or specific communication strategies.  Alternative communication strategies may including learning to use the Picture Exchange System (PECs), sign language or an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices.  Language strategies vary greatly from basic muscle strengthening to more specialized skills.  Oral motor skills are essentially to strengthen oral muscles which is sometimes needed for autistic children.  Receptive and expressive language, verbal behavior, auditory processing, social language, visual strategies, verbal reasoning (Wh questions), sequencing, teaching literalness, generalizing, following directions, scripting, understanding and using nonverbal communication, using verbalizations to express themselves, pragmatic language, i.e. beginning and ending conversations, or topic maintenance are other skills that should be worked on with a speech therapist. 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and discrete trials are still my favorite therapy.  My son speaks only rarely, but one day during a session he said 12 different words or phrases.  Unfortunately, we lost the therapy time with the Autism Consultant.  Quality, including timing of the trials, is very important when it comes to ABA.

Great Ideas for Teaching is a catalog for Speech- Language Pathology and Related Communication Disorders.  They have books, information and curriculums to assist with assessments, auditory processing, Autism, expressive language, oral motor therapy, receptive language, etc.  This company sells proactive materials which can help to give you ideas for communication goals!

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Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

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There are a few great (and free) articles and specific communication ideas located at the TEACCH website.

Autism E-NewsAutism and Communication Articleby Karen Berlin, M. Ed., and Vicky G. Spencer, Ph.D.

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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Clinical Practice Guideline - Table of Contents





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