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The Benefits Of Speech Therapy For Children With Autism

Helping children with autism communicate and engage with others is one of the primary benefits of speech therapy for children with autism. Speech therapists are certified speech and language experts who must obtain a Master’s degree. Let’s find out specifically how they can help.

What Is Entailed In Speech Therapy

Speech therapy itself can be provided in a variety of settings: a private clinic, at school, at home (part of Early Intervention Programs), or in the community.

In addition to speech and language skills, speech therapy also helps children communicate with gestures, eye contact, and non-verbal ways that give others information. Finding other ways of communicating can be the difference between your child being able to calmly tell someone what they want – and a meltdown. Reducing frustration is certainly a goal of speech therapy.

Teaching other ways of communicating is a large part of speech therapy like utilizing sign language and pictures to make a request.

Goals And Benefits Of Speech Therapy

Every child is different, and goals for one child may not be appropriate for another. These are some of the goals and skills for children with autism.

Learn About Body Language

How did we come to understand body language? We learned it over time and by observing others. A child with autism often needs to be taught to identify signals.

Recognizing physical signals is key. It can help them appreciate and understand when someone is joking or being serious, as well as when it’s appropriate to enter a conversation and when to back away temporarily. These are all skills a child with autism may not discern unless taught the meaning of the physical body language.

Questions: How To Ask And Answer

Recognizing a question by voice intonation and how to do it themselves and recognize it in others is a valuable tool for a child with autism.

Conversation Skills

Making statements, talking, and then listening is a conversational skill. Most children with autism struggle to converse with another person one to one, but it can be improved with speech therapy.

Non-Verbal Communication

Some children who are autistic cannot verbalize. Speech therapists often use pictures to help children identify requests from them and made to them.

Other important skills can include:

  • Matching emotions with the correct facial expression
  • Making clear speech sounds
  • Matching a picture to its meaning including emotions
  • Understanding gestures
  • Practicing eye contact

Speech therapy is a must for every child with autism, and every child should have the opportunity to communicate in their own way.

Contact TLC Pediatric Therapy at (407) 905-9300 to schedule a speech therapy session at our office in Orlando, FL.