What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by difficulties with social interaction, play skills, and communication. For more information please visit: https://autismcanada.org/ or https://www.autismspeaks.org/.
Treatment at Butterfly
Speech therapy can help children with ASD build interaction, language, and play skills. We provide parents with the strategies they need to connect with their child and facilitate language development. Treatment will vary depending on the child’s severity of ASD. Treatment for younger children may focus on: providing caregiver knowledge of language facilitation strategies, increasing engagement and joint attention, expanding play repertoire, increasing communicative functions (to greet, request, protest, show, respond, comment, etc.), improving imitation of action sounds and words. Treatment for older children with ASD may focus on topic maintenance and initiation, learning explicit rules of conversation, identifying and understanding emotions, and social problem solving skills.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists may find that your child with ASD may also benefit from Occupational Therapy and can connect you with the team here at Butterfly. Our Occupational Therapists are trained in working with children with various levels of ASD and can assess and treat many of the accompanying characteristics of ASD including but not limited to sensory integration difficulties, feeding and play skills.
To book an assessment or for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 905-206-0300.