When children with autism have trouble communicating, speech and language therapy can be helpful. This type of therapy focuses on teaching kids how to speak clearly and to help them learn new vocabulary words.
What the Experts Say?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website states that: Speech-language pathologists tailor their treatment to meet individual needs by using a variety of approaches, such as:
- Listening exercises
- Language development activities, and;
- Speaking exercises
This type of treatment is often used in conjunction with other therapies for the best results.
The Occupational Therapist works with a child and their family to improve their overall functioning. Activities at home or school can be modified to better suit the needs of the child.
For example, they may work on ways to help a child transition from one activity to another without fixating on the activity. They may also develop strategies for handling stress and anxiety in different situations.