Many individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have difficulty acquiring spoken language and/or augmentative and alternative communication systems, and all have needs in acquiring appropriate social use of communication. Children may have challenges with joint attention, shared enjoyment, social reciprocity in nonverbal as well as verbal interactions, mutually satisfying play and peer interaction, comprehension of others’ intentions, and emotional regulation. The role of the speech pathologist at school is to evaluate the communication skills of students, explore therapeutic interventions that are the most functional and efficient for individuals, and implement therapy that will maximize opportunities for communication.
At Cypress school, speech therapy is conducted in the classroom, in the community, and as a team with families, teachers, other therapists, and specialists. The goal is to make communication inviting, efficient, functional, and fun!