Speech, Occupational, Physical & Teletherapy

Autism

Why Seek Pediatric Speech and OT for children on the Autism Spectrum?

Because it works!

Signs of Autism

Diagnosis requires symptoms in both categories

  • Difficulty with Social Communication (eye contact, showing interest in others).
  • Restricted Interests and Repetitive Behaviors (focusing on a specifically object or topic, repeating or doing the same thing over and over).

Effectiveness

Speech and occupational therapy for children on the spectrum is highly effective. What do we focus on?

  • Bringing attention outward: Encouraging eye contact, shared experiences and social language development.
  • Making social experiences joyful and desirable through reinforcement.
  • Regulating Interfering Behaviors: Helping children calm and regulate behaviors and distractions that may inhibit their ability to learn and grow.
  • Mass practice of weak skills. Focusing goals on the areas of highest need for each individual child.
  • Reducing stress and providing stability to increase motivation. In order to meet goals and milestones we know that the experience has to be positive for the child. Creating a bond and determining what motivates each unique child is highly important.

Important Considerations

A few considerations based on current research evidence

  1. Early intervention is highly important.
  2. ABA works, especially when paired with a comprehensive team-based approach.
  3. Focused treatment should include:
      • Interactive play (i.e. DIR Floortime model)
      • Perceptual training (mirror neuron system)
      • Imitation of functional routines,
      • Executive function and theory of mind training.

Pediatric Speech and Occupational Therapists are often the first professionals to see the signs of autism as 90% of children that receive an autism diagnosis are already receiving therapy. 

Many of our therapists are highly trained in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Please reach out to discuss your child’s specific needs: info@therapyworks.com, 312.780.0820. 

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