Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Autism is a spectrum disorder which means that its severity or impairment can be mild or severe. It manifests differently for every person.
Autism is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.
Doctors group Asperger’s syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger’s syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.
While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder. Speech therapy is a key component of these treatments.
At City Speech Centre, our therapists are registered autism service providers (RASP), and have many years of experience providing therapy to children with ASD. Our highly trained staff employ strategies based on Relationship Development Intervention®, the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, David Loyst’s Reference and Regulate™, and Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking model.
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