Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is an intervention which aims at enhancing a child's speech skills and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language.

 

what is speech therapy?
quite simply put, Speech therapy is an
intervention service for speech
and language disorders. Read more
does my child
need speech
therapy?
If your child does not meet the age
appropriate milestones of speech,
language, and communication, despite normal
audiology testing, you may be advised to
visit a speech therapist. Read more
How does Speech Therapy
help my child with Autism?
The ultimate objective of speech therapy is to improve the
communication skills of your child on the Autism spectrum,
which is associated with symptoms that do impair his/her
language and communication skills. Read more
what does speech
therapy include?
Speech therapy includes various techniques, exercises,
activities and aids, which work towards improving
coordination of speech muscles through strengthening and
coordination exercises, sound repetition and imitation. Read more
How often does my child
need Speech Therapy?
Your Speech Therapist may suggest
the therapies to be conducted at
least 2-3 times per week. Read more
At what age
should I start
Speech therapy
for my child?
Speech therapy can be started as soon as a child
starts exhibiting the communication and language
symptoms of autism. Read more
who can provide speech
therapy for my child?
Speech Therapy for Autism is performed by a qualified the Speech
Language Pathologist who collaborates with other professionals
to modify and make efficient, the flow of messages and exchange
of information from one person to another. Read more
Can i use speech
therapy at home with
my child? is so, how?
as a parent, the best thing you can do is workin close
association with the speech therapist, as well as
occupational therapist to find ways to continue doing some
vocal, communication, or mouth exercises at home. Read more

Vitamin B12 (Methyl-B12) is a water soluble vitamin which is naturally present in certain food items such as eggs, milk, meat and fish. But, it is commonly deficient in children with autism as they have limited ability to absorb vitamin B12. Lack of vitamin B12 is responsible for the severity of autism.

Diet and Nutrition

There are several theories about the association of symptoms of Autism, to the gut of the child. It has also been observed that several foods or types of foods, have an effect on the child’s behavior, and response. It could also be said that children with Autism face some trouble in getting the right kind of nutrition due to certain sensory processing difficulties. Hence, a modified, or a systematic diet plan becomes an essential part of the conventional interventions for Autism.

 

What is the role of proper diet
and nutrition in Autism?
a healthy, nutritious and balanced, diet plan for autism
needs can make a world of difference in their ability to
learn, how they manage their emotions and how
they process information. Read more
What are the diet plans for
my child with Autism?
it is advisable to consult with your
child’s nutritionist before starting with
any particular diet plan. Read more
What food should I avoid for
my child with Autism?
Simple sugars can be very hazardous
to those with Autism. Read more
What age can I start a diet
for my child with Autism ?
It is better to start the special diet in consultation
with your doctor and your Dietitian as soon as
possible after diagnosis. Read more
Who can provide a
good Diet plan for
my child?
A specific diet or nutrition plan should only be started after consulting
the child’s pediatrician as well as occupational therapist. Our database
online also has an exhaustive list of potential nutritionists and
dietitians sorted by country, state, and city. Read more
What type of food
should I include in my
child's diet?
As parents, it is important to work
closely with the nutritionist to make
sure to follow the specific diet and
nutrition plan. Read more

Medical Management of Autism

Medical management of autism is a method wherein specific medicines and drugs are used in order to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with autism.

 

How can medicines help
my child with Autism?
Most parents have found that symptoms of
hyperactivity, their child’s sleep disturbances, gut
related issues, etc. have shown improvements with
the help of medications. Read more
Which medicines would help
my child with Autism?
You may hear of some common medications
which usually prescribed for children or
individuals with Autism. Read more
Are there any oral supplements
that would help my child?
Vitamins and other supplements help
improve symptoms of self-injurious
behaviour, aggression and tantrums,
and can be taken in combination as
advised by your child’s doctor. Read more
When would it be ideal
for me to begin medically
managing my child?
Medical management of autism can be at done at anytime, since it works
to alleviate the symptoms associated with ASD. This, however, should be
strictly done under a registered medical practitioners supervision. Read more
Is there anything more I can
do for my child at home, in
terms of medications?
As a parent, the most important thing to do at home is to work closely
with the pediatrician and occupational therapist to moderate the
medication being taken by the child. Read more

Occupational Therapy (OT)

As the name itself suggests, Occupational therapy is a systematic practice which assists people in developing the 'skills for the job of living', necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

It is therefore, a means of alleviating some of the social, communication, and behavioral tendencies that are associated with children on the autism spectrum.

 

what is occupational therapy?
occupational therapy essentially means assisting
people of any age group, that are disabled either
cognitively or physically, to achieve their full
potential in doing age appropriate 'jobs'. Read more
does my child need
occupational therapy?
if your child has difficulties in self care,
gross and fine motor skills, sensory
processing skills. academic skills,
emotional regulation or social skills,
occupational therapy would be
advisable to your child. Read more
how does occupational therapy
help my child with autism?
your child with autism spectrum disorder
(asd) may have a variety of issues for
which an occupational therapist can
provide support. Read more
what does occupational
therapy include?
occupational therapy involves the
analysis of the child's functional or
adaptive ability at home, school and in
other environments. Read more
how often does my child
need occupational therapy?
occupational therapy is never a cookie-cutter approach to
alleviating symptoms of autism and consequently, the frequency
of getting occupational therapy depends on each child
as well as each therapists. Read more
at what age should i start
using occupational therapy
for my child?
occupational therapy works best when given
to a child from a young age. Read more
who can provide occupational
therapy for my child?
normally, occupational therapy can be found in most
speciality hospitals dealing with autism, as well as
special schools. our exhaustive database can be
referred to for a list of occupation therapists,
sorted by country, state and city. Read more

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

One of the oldest and most effective methods of understanding and modifying your child’s behavior and helping their social and emotional conduct, has been Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It is a type of behavior therapy used extensively with Autism.

 

What is ABA?
Once your child is detected with Autism, one of the
most common therapies that may be advised would
be Applied Behaviour Analysis, more commonly know
as ABA Therapy. Read more
Does my child need ABA?
If your child’s functioning level is
not age appropriate, your child is
eligible for ABA Therapy. Read more
how does aba help
my child with autism?
aba helps children with autism to
become more functional and independent
in their lives by working on the
following aspects: Read more
who can provide
aba for my child?
a board-certified behaviour analyst (bcba)
provides aba therapy services. aba therapy
services also involve a board-certified
assistant behaviour analyst (bcaba) and
registered behaviour technicians (rbt’s) Read more
where can aba
be practiced?
aba can be provided at school, at home or in the community
depending on the needs of your child and the services that
are available in that particular area. Read more
at what age should i start
aba for my child with autism?
you are strongly advised to start aba as
early as possible for your child. it is
usually recommended to start before the
age of three. Read more
does aba work for high
functioning children?
aba program is designed to provide a varying level of structure
according to the need of the child. high functioning children are
better able to learn in a less structured format and the program is
adjusted accordingly. Read more
What does an
aba program
involve?
aba program involves different teaching procedures:
dtt, prt, social skills, net, vb, fba Read more
can i use aba therapy at
home with my child? if so, how?
you, as a parent, are one of the most
important people in your child’s life,
which makes you an indispensable part
of your child’s aba. Read more
won’t there be too many demands
placed on my child during aba
therapy? should i be worried?
the trust and love that you and your child
feel for each other is built on thousands
and thousands of positive, successful,
joyful interactions.
being firm when it is appropriate
is the quickest path away from unwanted
behaviors and situations, the best route
to posititve, happy experiences. Read more
what are the
materials i should
use in aba therapy?
most of the materials you would need for
aba therapy are easily available. you
can use the following: Read more

Psychological Intervention

Psychological Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders, is of the utmost importance. Psychological Intervention for ASD is not only of therapeutic significance, but also, a very substantial diagnostic tool.

 

What is Psychological
Intervention?
Psychological Intervention is a collective term
for the diagnostic and therapeutic aspect of
approaching Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read more
Does my child need
Psychological
Intervention?
If your child’s cognitive development doesn’t seem age appropriate, and he/she shows signs
of Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as delayed speech development, lack of, or fleeting eye
contact, with lack of interest in playing or interacting with peers, repetitive gestures or
certain stereotypical behaviors, echolalia, etc., you may be advised Psychological
Intervention for your child. Read more
How does Psychological
Intervention help my child
with Autism?
It is essential to know your child’s
strengths and weaknesses, in order to
devise a personalised teaching or
training module for them. Read more
What does Psychological
Intervention include?
When a psychologist diagnoses your child with ASD
for the first time, they would typically perform a
comprehensive evaluation, which works as a roadmap
that identifies your child’s strengths and the areas
which need to be worked on. Read more
Which psychological assessments
help detect my child with Autism?
The psychological assessment of children with autism
requires multiple evaluators, using multiple methods
of gathering information. Read more
How often does my child need
Psychological Intervention?
As Psychological Intervention works
closely with other therapies, your
psychologist would be the best person
to suggest how often your child would
need psychological intervention. Read more
At what age should I start
Psychological Intervention
for my child?
Once you start noticing that your child’s cognitive or developmental milestones,
you are advised to take the first step towards psychological intervention,
and visit your child psychologist so that they can advise you about
the steps forward. Read more
Who can provide Psychological Intervention for my child?
A trained clinical or counseling psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders. You can always go through our exhaustive database, to know about the clinical child psychologists that you can find near you. Read more
Can I use Psychological Intervention at home with my child; if so, how?
You are advised to work closely with your child’s psychologist and do the therapies and exercises as advised by them and your other therapists, to achieve the best outcome. Read more

Sensory Integration

At any given point in time, there are thousands of external and internal sensory stimuli that are being experienced by our body. Sensory integration is about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday life.

Children with Autism are known to have problems of varying degrees with respect to Sensory Processing. Therefore, Sensory Integration Therapy is a process through which, children are exposed to different everyday sensory stimuli, in a systematic, and repetitive way, with the theoretical assumption that their body will eventually get used to the stimuli, adapt to it, and react to the same, more efficiently.

 

Sensory Integration Therapy
What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory Integration is the ability to process
sensory information from the world around us and
builds the foundation for learning new skills. Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy For Autism
Does my child need
Sensory Integration?
If your child does show signs of difficulty in sensory processing, such as
oversensitivity to textures, sounds, smells, fear of climbing down stairs, poor eye
contact, etc. he/she may need Sensory Integration Therapy, and you would be advised
to refer to your therapist for the same. Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy
How does Sensory Integration
help my child?
It attempts to change how the brain
responds to touch, sound, sight
and movement. Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy For Autism
What does Sensory
Integration include?
Sensory integration therapy focuses primarily on three
basic (power) senses-tactile (touch), vestibular
(movement), and proprioceptive (pressure). Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy For Autism
How often does my child need Sensory
Integration, and at what age should
I start?
Sensory Integration works closely with
occupational therapy and can be started
as and when ASD is diagnosed and also if
you suspect your child has any
sensory difficulties. Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy For Autism
Who can provide Sensory
Integration for my child?
Occupational Therapists having specialized training
in Sensory Integration can provide Sensory
Integration therapy. Read more
Sensory Integration Therapy
Can I use Sensory Integration at home
with my child; if so, how?
Parental education about the sensory issues and reason of behavior that the child exhibits
is most important to understand the child’s problem and trying to support him/her to
better cope with the environment loaded with multiple sensory inputs such as sounds,
touch, smells etc. Read more

Is there anything more I can do for my child at home, in terms of medications?

As a parent, the most important thing to do at home is to work closely with the pediatrician and occupational therapist to moderate the medication being taken by the child.

Moreover, it is important to keep track of the benefits being seen in a child so it is easier to gauge what works for a child and what does not.

Also, it is highly advisable for a parent to be aware of the side effects associated with some of the medicines and drugs. This is to help both the child, as well as the pediatrician and occupational therapist gauge the effects of a specific drug on the child.

 

Other Questions 

How can medicines help my child with Autism?

Which medicines would help my child with Autism?

Are there any oral supplements that would help my child?

When would it be ideal for me to begin medically managing my child?

When would it be ideal for me to begin medically managing my child?

Medical management of autism can be at done at anytime, since it works to alleviate the symptoms associated with ASD. This, however, should be strictly done under a registered medical practitioners supervision.

Different countries have different standards regarding the prescription of some drugs such as antidepressants or SSRIs, so depending on the country's laws, a licensed pediatrician or doctor can prescribe the medication that is to be taken.

Medical Management of Autism

 

Other Questions 

How can medicines help my child with Autism?

Which medicines would help my child with Autism?

Are there any oral supplements that would help my child?

Is there anything more I can do for my child at home, in terms of medications?

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