Autism Spectrum Disorder Speech and Language Delay


Autism is a developmental disorder that presents itself in early childhood. Children with autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have social, communication and language problems. They may also have problems using social skills to connect with other people. Trouble with communication skills such as understanding, talking with others, reading or writing may be hard for a child with ASD. The goal of speech therapy intervention is to improve social communication and other language impairments, modify behaviors to improve the quality of life and increase social acceptance.

Children with autism may have the following:

  • Have trouble changing from one activity to another         
  • Flap hands, rock, spin, or stare        
  • Get upset by certain sounds         
  • Like only a few foods         
  • Have limited and unusual interests       
  • Have unusual reactions to sensory input

Lake Regional’s speech therapists are experienced in working with a team of other professionals to help diagnose and treat autism. The team may include developmental Pediatricians, Neurologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and developmental specialists. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) play a key role because problems with social skills and communication are often the first symptom of autism. 

For more information about autism, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website.