What Is Autism?

Autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of developmental disorders that impairs our ability to communicate and interact. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and the range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors.

What Are Signs Of Autism?

The signs and symptoms of ASD are unique to each individual and can range from mild to severe. Here are some of the more common early warning symptoms:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Absence of babbling
  • Engagement in repetitive movements and activities known as “stimming” including rocking back and forth, head banging and hand flipping
  • Resistance to affection
  • Difficulty bonding
  • Lack of facial expression
  • Loss of previously acquired skills
  • Extreme resistance to changes in daily routine

How Can Great Speech Help?

Speech and nonverbal communication as well as social interaction are the most common problems for individuals diagnosed with ASD which is why speech-language therapy is a central part of treatment.

Speech therapy for individuals on the spectrum is designed to coordinate the mechanics of speech with the meaning and social use of language. Based on the results of our assessment, a specially trained Great Speech therapist, will set goals specifically designed to help your child communicate in the most functional and socially-appropriate way, including mastering spoken language or learning non-verbal communication skills.

Please contact us to discuss how a licensed speech and language pathologist can help.

“Our Great Speech therapist was able to help my son tune into both verbal and nonverbal cues from other people. He now understands the importance of reading facial expressions and body language. This skill has helped him interact more appropriately both with family members and his peers.”

Lisa R., 35, Hoboken, NJ