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  • More Communication Surprises

    A little over a week ago, I could hear A. talking in her room. She was sitting in front of the computer, but it seemed like she was having a conversation with someone. Being the nosy mother that I am, I poked my head into her bedroom to investigate. ''Who are you chatting with?'' I asked her. ''Hold on a sec,'' she said, and then pushed her ...
  • Attention in Children with Autism

    In addition to social impairments, communication impairments and repetitive behaviors, children with autism demonstrate atypical attention, which impacts core areas of the diagnosis. Although this is a problem area, there is little research on how to treat ''attention.'' Attention is broken down into three broad categories of orienting, ...
  • Not all Verbal Abilities are Created Equal

    Have you ever worked with someone who is verbal but is unable to initiate without prompts? Does he or she have difficulties with creating messages verbally that are coherent? Is grammar impaired to the point that it interferes with timely, functional communication? Then you may want to see if using a communication device is an option. The Center ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Planning for the Future

    Many families think about the future care of their child when they are diagnosed with autism, or any other disorder for that matter. A family once asked me if their child would be self-sufficient one day or if they would require life long parental support. This was a question that I did not anticipate and found extremely difficult to answer. The ...
  • A Lesson in Communication Success

    I would like to tell a story of a communication user that I treated, we will name him Ben. When I first saw Ben, he was 19 years old and living in a group home. He was diagnosed as Autistic and non-verbal. Ben's mother was very involved in his care and just wanted her son to be able to communicate. According to those who worked with Ben, he had ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • ASD and Family Impact

    Most families that have a child with special needs often go through a grieving process. As clinicians going into the home, it is important that we understand this grieving process so that we can better understand the family we are working with. Often, as clinicians we may experience transference from the family, or the family's redirected feelings ...
  • ASD and Comorbidity with Psychiatric Disorders

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders such as specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety and mood disorders including bipolar disorder, depression, and oppositional defiant disorders can co-occur with ASD. For treatment purposes, it is important to understand how these comorbid conditions can ...
  • Early Intervention Evaluation Considerations

    During speech and language evaluations it is important to involve the parents and take reports about their child into account. As an evaluator, you are in the home for such a short period of time and do not get a complete picture of the child's true capabilities. In using the Rossetti for children from birth-three years of age, behaviors can be ...
  • Differentiated Vocalizations in Children with Autism

    In an article by Plum and Weatherby (2013) they compared the vocalizations of three different groups, described as the ''typically developing'' (TD), ''developmentally delayed'' (DD) and ''autistic spectrum disorder'' (ASD) group. This study had three objectives, however, I focused on the following objective: Compare communicative and ...
  • Continuum of Cultural Competence

    In reading the article, ''Interdisciplinary Assessment of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,'' the section on cultural competence drew my attention. Prelon, Beatson, Bitner, Broder & Ducker (2003) describe cultural competence as a continuum. Prelong et al. describe the bottom of the continuum as destructiveness. In this phase, the ...
    Posted to Speaking of Autism: Across Contexts and Ages (Weblog) on February 24, 2014
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