Speech and language pathology addresses the challenges faced with language and communication. Speech therapy can assist people living with autism improve their verbal, non-verbal and social communication abilities. At Lizard, we are committed to helping your child to develop the skills needed to communicate in a functional way.
Understanding Speech Therapy Goals for Non-verbal Autism
It’s important to understand that each child is different and needs to have different goals set for them. However, in general the six primary goals that we’ll work with your child to develop are:
- Developing the skills required to communicate with others
Your child may have difficulties learning the foundational skills required to communicate due to non-verbal or limited verbal skills. Lizard’s dedicated speech pathologists can assist your child in learning the abilities of joint attention, engagement, listening, attending to objects, turn taking, imitation, initiation, anticipation, cause and effect and object permanence.
- Understanding what is said to them
Lizard can assist with the development of learning skills such as comprehending the names of objects, understanding verbs and location words, identifying concepts and simple ‘wh’ questions, and following both simple and complex instructions.
- Expressing their needs and wants
Speech pathologists can assist children with communicating their wants and needs, this includes learning skills such as requesting objects, commenting on what they see, expressing feelings, calling to gain attention, making choices, and answering questions.
- Leaning augmentative and alternative forms to communicate (AAC)
It may be beneficial if your child learns alternative ways for expressing their thoughts. A speech pathologist can help children learn AAC, including the use of informal picture boards, signs and gestures, or a more formal AAC system such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or Proloquo2Go (speech generating application).
- Developing play skills
Play skills are important for cognitive, and social development. At Lizard, our speech pathologists can help in the development of play skills, including developing early play skills, functional, pretend, and imaginative play skills, which can support the engagement with a parent or caregiver, and future friendships.
- Speech clarity
Your child’s speech may be difficult to comprehend, such as experiencing errors in speech sounds or phonological processes, thus reducing how well speech can be understood by others. With the help of our speech pathologists, they will work with you and your child to show them the steps to make a sound and when to use them, so their speech is clearer.
If you are interested in Speech and Language pathology for your child, contact Lizard on 1300 752 617, and one of our friendly team members will be able to assist you.