● Repetitive behavior and activities
● Resistance to sudden changes
● Unusual responses to touch or a hug
● Failure to interact
Common speech and communication problems people with autism
● Maintaining eye contact and understanding gesture
● Trouble in understanding the meaning of words
● Difficulty in memorization
● Echolalia or repeating of words or sentences
● Inability to carry a two-way communication
Speech therapy in the treatment of autism
● Using picture boards with words, to help a child learn and speak words
● Using sounds to expand and compress speech reverberations
● Oral motor exercises such as lips and facial massage to improve muscle tone.
● Teaches the correct placement of the tongue and oral structures to produce better pronunciation.
Benefits of speech therapy for autism
● To articulate words
● Communicate verbally/nonverbally
● Understanding what the person wants to convey through gesture
● Initiate prompt two-way communication
● Know when to say ‘please’, ‘sorry’, ‘thank you’, ‘good morning, etc.
● Exchange ideas
● Enjoy playing and interacting with others