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Treatment Techniques

Transactional Model of Language Teaching
Therapy with Preverbal Children
Sign Language
Augmentative/Alternative Communication
Treatment for Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder that involves impaired language and social skills, and repetitive interests or behaviors. In addition, there is a higher likelihood of sensory integration dysfunction -- where the sensory system is over- or under-responsive (e.g., intolerance of loud sounds or ignoring sounds). Autism Spectrum Disorder includes Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Aspergerıs Disorder, Rhettıs Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. All these categories have slightly different symptoms but are included under the umbrella of ASD.

ASD is best diagnosed by a team that includes, at a minimum, a speech-language pathologist and psychologist, developmental pediatrician, or neurologist. Special educators and occupational therapists are also helpful in identifying areas of focus.

ASD is a treatable disorder. Although there is no "cure," some children have developed their skills such that their ASD symptoms are not readily apparent. With proper, intensive intervention, children can be taught appropriate communication, social, and play skills.

Social-Pragmatic Therapy for ASD
Social-Pragmatic Therapy has been supported with over 20 years of research. This model involves working with the childıs skills and interests rather than teaching a predetermined set of behaviors. In social-pragmatic intervention, functional communication skills are taught in a structured play-based context. Reinforcers are used naturally in this context. Other methods, such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or PROMPT, may be added as appropriate for each child. Parents and caregivers are considered an integral part of treatment with children with ASD.