Treatment of speech and language problems of ASD

Role of the doctor
• Once a doctor detects/suspects that your child has ASD or other developmental problems/disabilities:
• He/she will refer your child to variety of specialists
• The doctor will also refer your child to a speech language pathologist

Role of the speech-language pathologist
• The speech-language pathologist is trained to treat individuals with voice, speech and language disorders
• He/she will extensively evaluate the child’s ability to communicate
• The evaluation will determine the treatment

ASD and communication skills
• Teaching children with ASD how to communicate is essential
• Various approaches to improve communication skills exist
• Most children with ASD respond well to highly structured specialized programs

For younger children
• Improving verbal communication is a realistic goal of treatment
• Parents and caregivers can increase a child’s chance of reaching is goal
• Parents and caregivers need to pay attention to their child’s language development from the beginning
• Children who fail to develop pre-language skills may be evaluated and treated by a speech-language pathologist to prevent further delay

For older children
• Basic communication training imparted
• The training emphasizes on the functional use of language

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