Autism Resource Page

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Thanks so much for visiting my page about autism.  Scroll down to view all of the links to my content about autism and communication.  Or, feel free to take your time and read through all of the information about autism below.

What is Autism?

Autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a diagnosis that describes a group of children a common cluster of symptoms, though the degree of severity for each of those symptoms varies widely from child to child.  These symptoms include problems with social interactions and social communication.  They also often include repetitive behaviors and sensory concerns.  Other symptoms can be associated with autism but the social and communication impacts are the primary feature.

What Causes Autism?

Here is an explanation of the currently known causes of autism according to Autism Speaks:

First and foremost, we now know that there is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. Over the last five years, scientists have identified a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. A small number of these are sufficient to cause autism by themselves. Most cases of autism, however, appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development.”

Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

Warning Signs of Autism

According to Autism Speaks, you should ask your child’s doctor about autism if you are concerned about any of these issues:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

Speech Therapy for Autism

To begin this section, let me first point out that a child is not defined by his diagnosis.  If you walked into my clinic and said “my child is autistic”, I would not automatically know what therapy to do or what problems to cure.  Each child with autism is different and needs to be treated that way.  Although there are some therapies that have been found to be more or less effective for children with autism, each child’s specific needs will be different.  A licensed speech-language pathologist should be consulted to determine which types of therapies are best for each individual child and which speech and language problems should be addressed first.

In short, treat the child, not the disorder.

However, that being said, there are many speech and language problems that are common among children with autism.  A few of these problems are listed below with links to information that may be helpful.  Keep in mind that this is simply one approach and that the approach listed may not be the most effective for every child on the spectrum.  But they will provide a starting point and a therapy option for each skill listed below.

How to Teach a Child Any New Skill By Fading Supports

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5 Principles of Speech Therapy for Children with Autism

Using Video Modeling for Children with Autism

Some children with autism have difficulty learning new skills or new routines.  Video modeling is a great way to teach children these new skills by having them watch a video of themselves doing the actions.  Click the link to learn more about video modeling:

Video Modeling for Children with Autism

Speech/Language Problems and Suggested Activities:

Non-Verbal Child/AAC

Giving a Voice to Non-Verbal Children With Autism: AAC and Autism

How to Teach Children to Use AAC Devices

Using Sign Language with Language Delayed Children (Baby Sign)

AAC Apps Review

Jump Start Your Late Talker: 8-Week Home Program

How to Make a Communication Board out of a Cookie Sheet: AAC for Autism (Video)

Using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) for Children with Autism

Sensory Concerns

How this Chiropractor Helps Kids with Sensory Concerns

How to Stop Flapping and Other Self-Stimulatory Behaviors

Early Social Skills/Communication Skills

7 Easy Things You Can Do Today to Improve Speech and Language Skills

How to Get Your Child to Respond To Voices

Child Not Responding to Name: What To Do

How to Get a Child to Follow Directions

Play Skills

Teaching Play Skills Through Imitation

Social Interactions

Social Stories for Children with Language Delays

Social Skill Activities for Preschoolers

Social Skills for Adolescents and Older Children with High Functioning Autism

Advanced Language Skills

Speech And Language Therapy Guide: Step-By-Step Speech Therapy Activities to Teach Speech and Language Skills At Home or In Therapy

How to Teach Staying on Topic

He/She Pronouns: How to Teach Them

How to Teach Plural Nouns

4 Steps to Teach the Past Tense To Your Child

Other grammatical marker guides here

Asking and Answering Questions

How to Improve Reading Comprehension

How to Teach Figurative Language

Making Inferences

Daily Living

Social Stories for Children with Language Delays

How to Create a Halloween Social Story

Calming Children: Self-Calming Strategies

Communication-Based Behavior Problems

What is an IEP Plan?

Alternative Treatments

How this Chiropractor Helps Kids with Sensory Concerns

Screen Time and Language Development: How much is too much?

Speech Delays and Special Diets: Do They Help?

Challenging Behaviors and Autism

Many children with autism have challenging behaviors.  These behaviors can be caused by a number of sources, including frustration over not being able to communicate, sensory issues, and lack of understanding of what’s going on around the child.  Here are a few links that will help you deal with those unwanted behaviors in your child with autism:

How to Deal with Challenging Behaviors: An actionable guide on how to extinguish challenging behaviors

Behavior and Sensory Resource Page

 

How to Respond to Teasing and Bullying:

Your Kid Sounds Funny (and other insults you should totally respond to)

 

Printable Materials for Autism Therapy

He She Game

Where Questions Game

Funny Faces Grammar Game

Sequencing Board with Following Directions Card Set

Opposites Game

Vocabulary Game: What Do You See?

Adjective Games: Tell Me About It

Spatial Concepts Games: Where Does It Go?

When Questions Games

Verb Picture Cards

Sign Language Flash Cards

Preschool Vocabulary Flash Cards

Articulation Cards for All Speech Sounds

 

Autism Websites:

  • Autism Speaks: The world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.  You can help support autism research and causes with your purchase at their Autism Store!

Support Autism Research. Shop the Autism Speaks® eStore. Hundreds of items to choose from. Click Here!

  • Autism Support Now: This website is managed by Ella’s Hope for Autism, a non-profit for Autism in Missouri that was started by a lady from my hometown!  Her daughter has autism and she has been an inspiring beacon of light for other families of children with autism. This website offers free autism advice and insight for parents with children on the spectrum.

 

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When the Child Won’t Use his AAC Device

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: AAC Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Behavior and Sensory Problems, Therapy for Behavior Problems|

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Best Ways to Use PECS with Toddlers

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: AAC Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children, Late Talker, Low Tech AAC, Therapy for Late Talkers|

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When, How, and Why to Use AAC with a Child

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: AAC Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children|

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How to Introduce and Take Data on a New AAC System/Device

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: AAC Instruction, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Documentation and Data Collection, Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children, Time Savers for Speech Therapists|

  • Group Speech Therapy Activities for Self-Contained Autism Classrooms

Group Speech Therapy Activities for Self-Contained Autism Classrooms

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Autism, Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children, Group Therapy, Time Savers for Speech Therapists|

  • Teaching a Child with Autism to Respond to Questions

Teaching a Child with Autism to Respond to Questions

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Autism, How to Teach Questions, Questions|

  • Therapy Ideas for a Nonverbal Toddler with Autism

Therapy Ideas for a Nonverbal Toddler with Autism

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Autism, Early Social Skills, Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children, Late Talker, Social Skills|

  • ImprovingFunction

Improving Functional Communication in Young Children with Autism

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: Autism, Early Social Skills, Functional Communication and Nonverbal Children|

  • 4-4-16 Why Your Child Doesn't Need More Speech

Why Your Child with Autism Doesn’t Need More Time with the Speech Therapist

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Autism|

  • regulate

Teaching a Child to Regulate his Emotions

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Autism, Behavior and Sensory Problems, Social Skills|

  • sarcasm

How to Teach Sarcasm to Children with Social Impairments

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Autism, Social Skills|

  • breakdown

Teaching Children to Repair Communication Breakdowns

By | March 13th, 2016|Categories: Autism, Behavior and Sensory Problems, Podcast, Social Skills, Speech and Language Kids Podcast|

  • SOTB10

SOTB 10: A Controlling Child with Autism who Can’t Take Turns, Interview with Maureen Wilson

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Autism|