Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autistic Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term for a number of disorders which affect a child's social interaction and communication.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders are developmental disorders which will affect a child throughout their life. As stated in the title, these are spectrum disorders, this means that the severity and symptoms will vary for each specific child. Some children will be able to speak whilst others will be completely non-verbal (unable to speak).

All children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have one thing in common; they will all demonstrate deficits in:

  • Social interaction
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Repetitive behaviors or interests

What types of Autism Spectrum Disorders do we treat?

Types of Autism Spectrum Disorders we treat at speech and language therapy include:

Speech and language therapists play a key role in assessing, diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The speech and language therapist will provide an individualised treatment programme for each child which will be tailored to their specific needs and abilities. Speech and language therapy will maximise the child's ability to communicate effectively.

If you would like any more information on how speech and language therapy can benefit you and your child, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.

For more information on speech development, the normal development of eating, drinking and swallowing and the warning signs of eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in babies and children please follow the links below:

  • Development of speech
  • Normal development of eating, drinking and swallowing
  • Warning signs of eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Our speech and language therapists will provide a specialised service for babies and children. We will provide an individualised treatment plan for each child, tailored to their specific needs, abilities and also the needs of the parents / carers.

Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial for babies and children with speech, language, communication and / swallowing problems. We treat a range of conditions and problems. The type of treatment given will depend on many factors including the child's age, overall ability, severity of their difficulties and also their underlying condition.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of our speech and language therapy services for babies and children, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.


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To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk

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