Social interaction with others involves awareness and skills in both verbal and non-verbal (proximity, facial expression, gestures) language. Appropriate skills include: establishing eye contact, appropriate greetings, maintaining appropriate personal space, initiating conversation with someone, maintaining the topic of conversation, asking relevant questions, responding appropriately to questions asked, and taking turns during conversations.
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) present with problems in developing language skills, play skills, and appropriate social language skills. In addition to a Speech-Language assessment, preschoolers suspected of ASD are referred for a complete Psychological assessment. We often refer preschoolers suspected of ASD to the IWK Team for a differential diagnosis.
We provide a functional therapy approach tailored to the needs of the child, in conjunction with the child's family members, preschool/school teachers, and EPA's. Therapy includes explicit teaching and practice with regards to the appropriate social use of language.