Assessment & Individualized Treatment at Your Home, School & Day Care

Speech Therapists of Calgary offers therapy for children and families affected by Autism also know as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.  Therapy for Autism is available in the comfort of your child's home, school or daycare facility in Calgary and surrounding regions including: Langdon, Cochrane, Langdon, Chestermere, Strathmore, Airdrie and Okotoks.


Autism is a developmental disability which typically impacts social, communication and language development.   Other features may include restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities, such as echolalia, excessive smelling, touching or flipping of objects.   Autism can range in severity from mild to severe and individuals effected by autism may have different challenges. Common social, communication, and behaviour difficulties  include:

Social Skills

A child with autism may have problems with social skills and connecting with other people or peers of his/her age.  He/she may seem to be in their own world and may have difficulty with the following:

understanding feelings
perspective taking
forming and maintaining friendships
joint attention
maintaining eye contact

Language & Communication Skills

A child with autism may have difficulty with understanding language and communication skills such as having a conversation, reading or writing.  Common difficulties include:


  • understanding and using gestures such as pointing, waving or showing objects to others
  • following directions
  • using words for naming, requesting, commenting, asking questions and answering questions
  • having a conversation
  • learning or read or read with comprehension
  • learing to write
  • repeating words and phrases out of context or echolalia
  • talking without expression
  • using tantrums to communicate


Behavior

A child with autism may have the following sensory and behaviour difficulties:


  • changing or transitioning from one activity to another
  • engage in self stimulating behaviour such as flapping hands, jumping, rocking, spinning, staring, mouthing
  • come upset or overwhelmed by certain sounds
  • have limited and unusual interests
  • fixate on certain topics
  • limited preference for different foods


How a Speech-Language Pathologist can help

Speech Therapists of Calgary work with children and families effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in the comfort of their home, school or daycare.  Our speech therapists work with children on the Autism Spectrum to help them understand and use words, name objects, answer 'wh' questions, request help. take turns in a game or conversation, initiate or terminate a conversation, tell or personal story or retell a story.

Our speech-language pathologists also work on reading, spelling and writing using evidence and research based programs that have been shown to be effective in teaching literacy skills to children on the autism spectrum with the prerequisite language foundation for reading.

For children who are non-verbal, our therapists can attempt to stimulate verbal communication using a PROMPT approach or use augmentative and alternative communication which may include:


  • sign language
  • gestures
  • pictures
  • written words
  • apps with voice output


For further information about the range of services we offer for children and individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and Strathmore.  Feel free to contact us at: 
587 317 1977


Treatment for Autism  Spectrum Disorder & Asperger's Syndrome

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Is your child having difficulty with his/her speech, language or literacy development? We are here to help!