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THERAPY FOR AUTISM

AUTISM THERAPY & TREATMENT AT YOUR HOME

  • Speech-Language Therapy for Autism
  • Specialized Occupational Therapy for Autism
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Ontario Autism Program Services and Supports
  • IN-HOME SCHOOL OR DAYCARE SERVICE
  • ADVANTAGES OF THERAPY AT YOUR HOME

      Convenience: Stress free as therapists come to you! No need to drive to clinics each week.

      Affordability: Comparable rates to in-clinic with no added fees for driving or mileage. Services covered by private insurance and the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

      Natural Learning: Therapy in home promotes functional and faster learning including generalization of skills into the child's environment.

      Interdisciplinary Therapy: Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Board Certified Analysts (BCBAs) and Behaviour Therapists (ABA).

      OUR AUTISM TEAM

      Therapists provide assessment, treatment, and program development to address:

      • Receptive and expressive language
      • Play skills, shared and joint attention
      • Attending skills and hyperactivity
      • Social and pragmatic skills
      • Hypo and hypersensitivity issues
      • Aggression and emotional regulation
      • Behaviour management and compliancy shaping
      • Theory of mind (social cognition)
      • Executive functioning
      • Self-help and life skills
      • Food Refusal and Picky Eaters
      • Autism and Potty Training
      • Pre-academic and academic skills

      Therapy approaches include: DIR-Floortime Therapy, Sonrise, Social Thinking, PROMPT, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.

      ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

      For children who demonstrate limited potential for speech, the Speech Associates encourages the use of iPads and Assistive Technology with voice output that emulates natural speech. Apps can be used for teaching language / academic skills / behaviour tracking and customized to meet the communication needs of individuals in single words, phrases and complete sentences. Worth noting though, the potential of the iPad is not achieved by the iPad alone, nor by simply placing it in the hands of a child with autism. The potential of the device is realized by the way professionals like speech-language pathologists, occupational and behavioural therapists apply their knowledge to use the iPad to effectively support social development of children.

      FUNDING

      Children with Autism living in low income families who received a medical diagnosis may qualify for charitable funding from certain foundations including President's Choice Children's Charity and the Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation - a Speech Associates staff member would be pleased to assist with your application. The new Ontario Autism Program, Direct Funding Option also allows families to access speech services for their children.

      ABOUT AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

      The term "autism spectrum" is often used to describe disorders that include autism, Asperger syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. These disorders are typically characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and/or cognitive delays.

      Symptoms / Signs of Autism

      Communication:

      • Non verbal or very limited speech
      • Loss of words the child was previously able to say
      • Difficulty expressing basic wants and needs
      • Poor vocabulary development or regression in language skills
      • Problems following directions or finding objects that are named
      • Repeating what is said ( echolalia )
      • Problems answering questions
      • Speech that sounds different (e.g., lacking prosody and inflection 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
      • Sensitivity to 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

      We invite you to contact us to learn more about our services to discuss how we can help your family.

      Contact us to schedule an appointment at info@speechassociates.ca or by phone:416–800–4259 / GTA, 289–805–0048 / Mississauga, 905–581–0362 / Hamilton

      Speech therapy for Autism in home service is available in Ottawa, Toronto and the GTA including: Durham (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Brooklyn, Courtice), Halton / Peele (Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Stoney Creek, Milton), Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, and York Region (Markham, Vaughan, Maple, Woodbridge, King City, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Thornhill)