Speech Therapy

What is it?

Speech therapy addresses challenges related to communication and language development.  The focus of speech therapy can range from building upon communicative intent with a partner to actual language production.  There is an emphasis on nonverbal communication, understanding of language, and expressive output of sounds and words.  High quality speech therapy will be tailored and individualized to the unique needs of the learner.  For young children, play and motivating stimuli should also be incorporated into sessions. 

One of the key diagnostic criteria for children on the autism spectrum, according to the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) are "persistent deficits in the area of social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts".  Speech therapy, in collaboration with interventions with an emphasis on building engagement and reciprocity with others, can facilitate improvement within the area of communication.

At ASPB speech therapy services are a part of our interdisciplinary model.  This means that there are contributions from all clinicians that are seeing a child, and collaborative decision making in developing goals and interventions.  

For Additional Information Click Here: Autism Speaks

Occupational Therapy

What is it?

Occupational therapists are trained in evaluating and supporting individuals to being able to assess and provide interventions that focus on the client's participation in everyday life activities.  There is an emphasis on assessing how individuals interact with their environment, how they learn, participation in activities of daily living, and fine motor development.

An individual may benefit from occupational therapy if they evidence challenges in the area(s) of:

  • Fine motor development - small motor movements of the hands and fingers

  • Motor planning - the ability to plan and coordinate the movement of one's body

  • Visual motor skills - the ability to interpret visual stimuli and respond with a motor movement  

  • Neuromotor skills - acquisition and development of movement skills

  • Activities of daily living - such as toileting, dressing, bathing, and feeding oneself

At ASPB occupational therapy services are a part of our interdisciplinary model.  This means that there are contributions from all clinicians that are seeing a child, and collaborative decision making in developing goals and interventions.

For Additional Information Click Here:  Autism Speaks

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