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April is Autism Awareness Month

What is autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication. Autism can be mild or severe. It is different for every person. Autism is also known as autism spectrum disorders.

What are some signs or symptoms of autism?
Communication:
Not speaking or very limited speech
Loss of words the child was previously able to say
Difficulty expressing basic wants and needs
Poor vocabulary development
Problems following directions or finding objects that are named
Repeating what is said (echolalia)
Problems answering questions
Speech that sounds different (e.g., “robotic” speech or speech that is high-pitched)

Social skills:
Poor eye contact with people or objects
Poor play skills (pretend or social play)
Being overly focused on a topic or objects that interest them
Problems making friends
Crying, becoming angry, giggling, or laughing for no known reason or at the wrong time
Disliking being touched or held

Reacting to the world around them:
Rocking, hand flapping or other movements (self-stimulating movements)
Not paying attention to things the child sees or hears
Problems dealing with changes in routine Using objects in unusual ways
Unusual attachments to objects No fear of real dangers
Being either very sensitive or not sensitive enough to touch, light, or sounds (e.g., disliking loud sounds or only responding when sounds are very loud; also called a sensory integration disorder)
Feeding difficulties (accepting only select foods, refusing certain food textures)
Sleep problems –
See more at: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Autism/#two

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Stuttering

Q: My 3 ½ year old has recently began to stutter by repeating a lot of his words when he’s talking. Sometimes he also gets stuck on words and can’t seem to get them out. Should I be concerned?
A: Stuttering usually appears between 2 ½ and 4 years. It is also more common in boys. However, about 75% of preschoolers who begin stuttering eventually stop. Things to consider to determine if your child may continue to stutter include; family history of stuttering, stuttering longer than 6 months, the presence of other speech and language difficulties, and strong concerns about stuttering from child and parents. Stuttering can be very hard on children and not only cause difficulty with communication but can contribute to poor self-esteem as well. The best thing you can do is let your child finish what he is trying to say without interrupting him or trying to finish the sentence for him. An evaluation performed by a Speech Therapist would be helpful to determine if your child is at risk to continue to stutter.

If you feel your child may benefit from speech therapy or you have questions about your child’s speech and language development please call us at 256-609-6946.

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Children’s Books

Q: Do you have any favorite children’s books you can recommend to use at home with my son?

A: One of my favorites right now is called the Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle. It was given as a gift to my son and I’ve enjoyed reading it to him so much I bought one to use at our clinic. It’s not only an adorable story that talks about friendship and helping others, but also targets animals and their sounds, environmental sounds, rhyming, and colors. It could also be used to target speech sounds such as /L, R, T, B, and K/. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
If you feel your child may benefit from speech therapy or you have questions about your child’s speech and language development please call us at 256-609-6946.

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