What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Autism affects four major areas of development:
- Language and communication
- Social interaction
- Thinking and behavior
- Sensory processing
Asperger’s is a form of autism; they tend to have fewer problems with speech, but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
How we can help:
The goal is to improve communication skills for your autistic child. This may include:
- Helping with early communication skills
- Producing sounds and words and gestures
- Teaching or modeling listening, speaking, reading, writing, and conversation skills
- Taking turns speaking or interacting
- Helping children understand non-verbal communication like facial expression and gesture
- Developing a non-verbal communication system, such as PECS (picture exchange communication system) or signing for those who don’t speak