Educational and behavioral approaches are often a fundamental feature of treatment plans for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are a number of different strategies currently being implemented, and new developments are being promoted on a regular basis.
Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as early as twelve months. While every child develops in a different way, any speech language pathologist will also tell you that early treatment can considerably improve the outcome. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention helps build learning, social, and communication skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
One of the most important things you can do as a parent, or teacher, or guardian is to learn the early signs of autism and to become familiar with the typical stages of development during which symptoms may be spotted.If your child has any of the following, please do not wait to ask your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation, or contact a speech language therapy centre, such as Simone Friedman SLS in Toronto.
- If your baby displays no large, happy smiles or other expressions of warmth or joy by six months,
- If there is no sharing of back-and-forth sounds or facial expressions by nine months
- If your baby shows no signs of babbling by 12 months
- If there are no words by 16 months
- If there are no meaningful, two-word-plus phrases by 24 months
- If you notice any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
If you notice any of the above, or if you have other concerns about your child’s development, do not wait. Talk to your doctor now about screening your child for autism.Whether you are a parent, caregiver, relative or friend, it can help you learn the subtle differences and identify red flags early.
Learn the symptoms
ASD is characterized by social interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and severity vary greatly in these three key areas. Taken together, they can cause relatively mild problems to someone on the high-end operation of the autism spectrum. For others, symptoms can be more serious, such as repetitive behaviors and lack of spoken language, both of which can interfere with daily life.
While autism is generally a lifelong condition, all children and adults benefit from interventions or therapies that can reduce symptoms and increase social and behavioral skills and abilities. Although it is best to start as soon as possible, the benefits of autism treatment therapy in Toronto can continue throughout life.
Social Communication Groups
Research has proven that Social Communication goes beyond simple talking and words. Simone Friedman SLS, social communication groups can help your child improve nonverbal behavior (including eye gaze, gestures, facial expression and body language) to communicate to others what you want and how you feel, and to understand what others want and feel. Groups include 3 to 5 children/adolescents and are run by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Contact the downtown Toronto clinic today to learn more.