What do you mean by the term "Autism Spectrum Disorder"?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term given to a group of neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism, Asperger's syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified) which are characterized by impairments in communication, behavior and social skills (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)).
Common signs of ASD
No / inconsistent response to name calls
Poor eye contact
Poor sitting tolerance
Poor attention & concentration
Delayed speech and language skills
Unable to mingle with peers
Behavioral issues such as temper tantrums, injury to self/ others, etc
Sensory issues (hyper/ hyposensitivity) - Auditory/ Visual/ Tactile/ Oral
Difficulty in comprehension and expression of feelings and emotions
Strong preference to follow routines
What is the right age to approach a speech-language pathologist/ speech therapist?
"The earlier, the better." If you could observe any one or more of the above signs in your child, it is advisable to consult a certified SLP for further guidelines.
Effect of speech and language therapy in children/ adults with ASD
Improves pre-linguistic skills (eye contact, sitting tolerance, joint attention, imitation, and attention-concentration)
Improves speech and language skills
Improves social & cognitive skills
Overall, speech and language therapy improves the quality of life of an individual with ASD!
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