It’s common for children with autism to have one or more speech-language problems, from delayed first words to childhood apraxia of speech. One you might not have heard of is a fluency disorder called “cluttering.” What is cluttering in speech? Fluency disorders cause problems with the rhythm, speed, and flow of speech. Stuttering, the most

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

As a parent you have a tool, an expertise that puts you in position to supplement your child’s therapy at home. This expertise is unmatched by even the most qualified therapist: you know your child. Your intimate knowledge puts you in a unique position to help your child thrive… Home is where the heart is,

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in Communication Skills by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

All parents eagerly anticipate the moment their baby speaks for the first time. Maybe you have a baby journal with a blank space to write down that first word and all the other milestones. Maybe you sit up and pay attention every time your child gurgles and babbles. Maybe you’ve been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…and you’re

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

Difficulties with speech are not uncommon for children with autism. They may experience speech delays, childhood apraxia of speech, idiosyncratic speech, or be nonverbal into adulthood.  Another speech phenomenon sometimes found in people with autism is pressured speech. What causes this type of speaking, and what kind of treatment is available? Let’s take a look.

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a wide range of abilities when it comes to speech and language skills. High functioning individuals may be perfectly fluent, others struggle, and some may remain nonverbal and communicate through other methods.  For many children with ASD, a delay in language development is one of the first signs

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

To build language skills, both verbal or nonverbal, it is beneficial to assess and understand the child’s ability. Verbal operants break down language into different elements which collectively help us communicate in our everyday lives. The term may sound strange but, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize we use verbal operants every day

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in Communication Skills by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by communication impairments which may manifest in challenging behavior. Functional Communication Training may help your autistic child communicate wants and needs more effectively, decreasing the need for expression through such challenging behaviors.  Communication goes way beyond verbal and nonverbal interaction; even though this is what often comes to mind

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in Communication Skills by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

If your child is diagnosed with autism and has language processing difficulties, these may be one of the first symptoms you want to address with treatment or interventions. You quickly realize just how frustrated your child is, with meltdowns as a testament to unexpressed emotions. We can only try to understand how frustrating it must

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in Communication Skills by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

The society we belong to shapes our lives and, most importantly, determines our communication: the meanings attached to words, objects, and issues surrounding our lives. The reverse is the case for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It is time we started according respect and noticeable considerations to this group of people, as

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in Communication Skills by Ayodeji Oyewale, MSc

So, your child has been in speech therapy for close to a year and little progress has been made. You’ve managed to get some “ma’s” and “pa’s” here and there, but apart from these word approximations, the journey to speaking seems like a long, winding road. You’re frustrated, and so is your child. You may

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in Communication Skills by Angeline Gormley SLP, MEd

“Much of the time, I feel like an anthropologist on Mars.” Dr. Temple Grandin made history when she spoke those profound words during an interview with the late Dr. Oliver Sacks. Parents observing their children with autism trying to communicate in a neurotypical world, may grasp the significance of her words. Communication is vital to

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in Communication Skills by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Verbal Behavior Therapy is a communication theory that initiates language: like any other observable action, is a learned behavior that can be acquired, developed, and sustained by applying behavior strategies. Supporting language and communication development with verbal behavior strategies differs from other traditional language theories. Still, it shares the conventional goal of promoting more effective,

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in Communication Skills by Emily Ransom, MSE

An expert look at ways you can help your child with autism un-jumble the chaos of noise and language for better communication. Imagine for a moment, a laundry basket full of clean clothes straight from the dryer. Socks, shirts, undies, pajamas, and pants belonging to all members of the family are jumbled together. There is a

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in Communication Skills by Caroline Lee

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have trouble with communication skills such as understanding and interpreting language. Speech therapy is designed to improve all areas of communication in your child. It is thought that, the earlier that your child receives it, the greater the chances of improving his/her communication skills. One of the

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in Communication Skills by Autism Parenting Articles

Does facilitated communication have a place in the world of autism? The biggest debate has been over who is doing the communicating, the nonverbal individual, or the facilitator? Over the years, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of facilitated communication in nonverbal children with autism and other conditions.  This article will cover what facilitated

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in Communication Skills by Autism Parenting Articles

Many children on the autism spectrum use echolalia (repeating other people’s words and sentences) as a way of responding to direction, as well as expressing their wants and needs. Echolalia may be confusing for parents and neurotypical people but it need not be distressing. To explore the subject of echolalia and look at solutions for

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in Communication Skills by Elizabeth Ives Field, MEd, CCC-SLP

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), often known colloquially as just “autism”, is a neurological condition present in kids from birth and usually detected in the first few years of life. For a child with ASD, their development manifests in different ways. Some tend to struggle with communicating and interacting with people, and the development of cognitive

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in Communication Skills by Michelle Lachman, MS, CCC-SLP

As a speech pathologist, I have come across families who swear by the impact of oral motor exercises on their child’s development and learning. While I have no doubt that there is truth in their statements (kids are remarkable), it is important to explore what the research says on the topic and to consider how

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in Communication Skills by Mallory Griffith, MA, CCC-SLP

One of the most common symptoms of autism is difficulty with speech and language. Autism spectrum disorder is, well, a spectrum, so these difficulties may look very different for each autistic child. Some can speak fluently, while others will always be nonverbal. As a parent, you desperately want to communicate with your child—to understand their

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in Communication Skills by Claire Delano, BA

As a practicing clinician specializing in the adult diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I have noticed that as the diagnosis of children impacted on the spectrum has dramatically increased (current statistic from the Centers for Disease Control is 1:55), the first time diagnostic rates for adults on the spectrum also continue to skyrocket, making

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in Communication Skills by Esther Hess, PhD