Speech Therapy for Children with Autism
Speech Therapy For Autistic Children
Speech Therapy Works staff have gained experience working with children diagnosed with autism. We understand the unique needs of children diagnosed with Autism. We also understand the importance of family centered therapy when treating children . Our knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you might have related to autism and speech-language development. We will also help you access funding for speech therapy.
Speech Therapy Works has built association with ‘Health Club’ to provide our clients access to multidisciplinary health professionals- physical therapy, naturopathy, occupational therapy and behaviour therapy. We will coordinate assessment and treatment with other health practitioners to provide your child integrated services. We treat children experiencing all levels of communication deficits (mild-significant). We work with instructor therapists offering ABA therapy and IBI therapy to eliminate behaviour difficulties and improve a child’s ability to follow directions in a variety of environments.
At Speech Therapy Works, we understand that there are many ways in which autism can substantially affect speech abilities, development of languages skills and social communication. Children with autism may have problems with both verbal and nonverbal communication. They may also find it very hard to interact socially. For these reasons, speech therapy is a central part of treatment for autism. Speech-Language Pathologists are a key part of the autism treatment plan. With early screening and detection speech therapists often lead the way in helping with the diagnosis of autism and in making referrals to other specialists. Children with autism may have one or more of these communication challenges:
- The child is non-verbal
- The child will often repeat what another person says (echolalia)
- The child has trouble with conversational skills, including eye contact and gestures
- The child lacks creative language
- The child has trouble understanding the meaning of words outside of their own context
- The child memorizes things heard without knowing what’s been said
- The child has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly
The first step is to complete a speech-language assessment with one of our knowledgeable speech-language pathologists. This evaluation will identify communication, language, social skills and behaviour needs of your child. We will use formal testing, informal testing including clinical observation and play to gather information about your child’s unique needs. As each child with Autism is unique, we will develop individualized, family centered and personalized treatment plans to address communication, language, social and behaviour needs.
An appropriate treatment plan that meets the needs of the child and the family will be established during the assessment. Treatment will may include a combination of traditional speech therapy targeting articulation difficulties and language delay, augmentative and alternative communication, introduction of structure and management of behaviour difficulties (ABA and IBI therapy), parent training (e.g. HANEN) and group therapy for social skills training.
Financial Assistance for speech therapy
In addition to accepting extended health coverage, we will help you access funding for speech therapy from independent organizations. At Speech Therapy Works we understand that when resources run out it can be very taxing on the family and difficult to get the services your child needs. We can help by offering discounted rates to those who are apart of these two charities.
- President’s Choice Children’s Charity
- Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Is a wonderful charity that provides assistance to children with special needs by giving financial grants for essential therapies such as speech-language therapy and occupational therapy. They provide individual grants for children diagnosed with a range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, and various developmental delays. Please visit the website below to check if you meet the requirements.
Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity
This charity assists families with a seriously ill child, or one who has a permanent disability. They understand that resources are an asset to helping your child in need. We understand too; which is why Speech Therapy Works also provides special rates to those who have received funding from the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity.
The following link will direct you to more info about The Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity and how to get started with your application.
Our clients who receive funding from President’s choice Charity for kids OR the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity receive a discounted rate from our services at Speech Therapy Works including speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and ABA therapy. Please contact us to learn more.
To book an appointment, please call Speech Therapy Works at (416) 553-0729. There are no waiting lists!