Autism
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder characterized by difficulties in the areas of social communication and social interaction in addition to the presence of restricted, repetitive behaviours. This disorder is represented on a spectrum and a severity level is attributed with the diagnosis (Level 1, 2, 3). 

 

How can a Speech-Language Pathologist help?

Early diagnosis and assessment is important in helping children access specific services and start focused interventions.

Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and therapy services to children who present with ASD. They work with families to determine the best speech and language goals to target in treatment. Goals can include improving a child's expressive language, receptive language, social communication and prelinguistic skills. 

Services are often offered at home, at daycare, at school, in a clinic or in a private office.

 

Find a Speech- Language Pathologist or Audiologist

 

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the Ontario Autism Program