Having a child receive a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be a scary thing. The best thing you can do for your child is learn as much as you can about what to expect and how you can help in order to be the best advocate that you can.
Here are five areas in which a licensed speech pathologist can help a child with Autism:
- Communication – Regardless of whether your child uses sign language, pictures, or words to communicate, a speech pathologist can help a child with Autism learn a functional way to express his needs and wants.
- Understanding Language – It can be scary to live in a world where you don’t understand what is said to you. A speech pathologist can aid your child with Autism in comprehending and understanding language.
- Social Skills – A speech pathologist can help teach a child with Autism to use communication appropriately with others, whether that means teaching how to touch and look at others when speaking or learning skills to make friends.
- Feeding – Mealtimes are a critical part of family and social interaction and a speech pathologist can help your child with Autism eat a wider variety of foods safely and effectively for adequate nutrition.
- Safety Skills – Being able to recognize and avoid dangerous situations is a skill that a speech pathologist can help teach your child with autism to keep him safe!
All parents want what is best for their child and a speech pathologist can help your child with autism gain the skills to overcome the daily challenges he may face. To learn more about the steps to take after receiving an Autism diagnosis, click here.