The Role of Speech Therapy in Autism

The Role of Speech Therapy in Autism

Children go through many learning and speaking difficulties that might disrupt their academic and social lives. Autism, or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is one such lifelong complication and medical condition that interrupts the communication process for children. 

This blog will discuss this topic in-depth and explain some myths to enrich your knowledge. We will also learn the role of Speech Therapy in Autism to improve and treat speech deficits, semantics, and pragmatic difficulties.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder                                   

Before exploring its types, you must understand what Autism Spectrum Disorder does mean. In simple language, it is a neurological and developmental disorder. It affects the way people interact with others and behave. Communication and learning can also be affected because of this disorder. We call it a developmental disorder, as you can see the symptoms generally in the first 2 years of a baby’s life. Moreover, it affects people in different ways and to varying degrees. Autism treatment involves the identification of ASD type first. Pediatricians mentioned four main types of autism spectrum disorder. These are:

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD)              
  • Kanner’s syndrome

Let’s learn how many types it has and what kind of challenges every type poses.

 

  • Asperger’s syndrome

The people struggling with this type have difficulty socially connecting with others. Their behavior and thought patterns are inflexible and repetitive, making it hard to relate to others socially. For example, standing too close to others, not making eye contact while speaking to others, and keeping on talking on a single topic for a long time.

  • Rett syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare form of Autism Spectrum Disorder in which one person in every 10,000 women is affected by it. It primarily affects how the brain develops in the early stages of childhood. Researchers believed mutations in the MECP2 gene caused this development disorder in babies. They lose command of their motor skills and language over time.

  • Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD)

CDD is also known as Heller’s syndrome and disintegrative psychosis in scientific terms. It is a condition where the symptoms are hidden till age 3. Then, over a few months, affected children start to lose language, motor, social, and other skills they already learned. It is also a rare condition.

  • Kanner’s syndrome

You can call it a classic autistic disorder as the children with Kanner’s syndrome appear smart, attentive, and clever with the disorder’s traits. They have a strong desire for routine as they only focus on themselves. Symptoms like the inability to form emotional attachments with people are a strong indicator.

 

Myths Regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

According to the Aging and Disability Services Division, many myths and misconceptions attached to this disorder need to be understood. We will discuss some major myths here for your knowledge. These are:

 

Myth 1 – Autism is a mental health issue.

The Truth: it is a neurological disorder that causes abnormalities in brain structure and neurotransmitter levels.

Myth 2 – Autism is caused by vaccines.                      

The Truth: We found no evidence that childhood vaccination causes autism. Numerous studies continue to confirm that there is no direct evidence that links vaccines to the development of autism.

 Myth 3 – Autism is caused solely by environmental factors.

The Truth: some genes cause autism in individuals. It has been observed that the couple has more chances to have an autistic first baby than the second one. In the case of twins, if one twin has autism, the other has a 90 percent chance of having autism as well.

 Myth 4 – People with autism don’t feel emotion.

The Truth: this myth is simply not true, as people with autism are completely capable of feeling all emotions. They desire to connect with others but are unable to do so. 

 

How Mindnasium Can Help Treat Autism?

Parents of autistic children frequently seek environments where their child can receive tailored care and therapy while also having the opportunity to engage in enjoyable and stimulating activities. Mindnasium is the name of that place. 

We provide them a nurturing space with our highly trained Speech and Language Therapy staff in the Autism program. Our therapists have prior experience working in school settings treating children with Autism, ADHD, Apraxia, and other language and articulation disorders. 

So, rest assured and trust that your child is in good hands at Mindnasium. In terms of how we educate them, include countless activities that will stimulate their senses by using sensory bins or playing with textured materials. The supportive environment calms their restlessness and helps them with social skills.

Conclusion

If you are a parent of a struggling kid, contact us today to enroll your child. Mindnasium is the best place to help your children unlock their social and intellectual potential. 

Can a Speech Therapist diagnose Autism?

No. However, a speech therapist or speech-language pathologist (SLP) plays a major role in the assessment process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Still, they cannot diagnose autism on their own. Instead, they train children to develop or improve social interaction or communication skills.