Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism
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- Publication Date:
- June 9, 2008
- Print Length:
- 121 pages
Many treatment programs encourage verbal imitation and production without addressing the oral hypersensitivities that often make it difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder to produce verbal language. Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Oral-Motor Program for Home and School introduces an oral-motor protocol designed to enhance the child's ability to speak and eat by producing more normal movement patterns. It is accompanied by activities that can be incorporated into the child's daily schedule at home or at school for improved eating and speech development. The suggestions and activities will enable parents and professionals to broaden food varieties in a child's diet, increase a child's ability to accept touch inside and around the mouth, and expand the number of sounds and words produced by a child. This is a great resource to help broaden foods in a child's diet and expand a child's sounds and words!
The expertise that my son receives during his weekly therapy sessions with Maureen Flanagan is generously presented in this practical guide, which will empower parents to provide the regular and consistent treatment that is key to improving the quality of our children's lives. The complementary therapies and sensory approach combined with clearly described daily routines that can be incorporated into a busy family's life create a highly effective toolbox of synergistic programs. I am grateful that Maureen's many gifts as an experienced therapist who understands ASD and cares deeply for our children is offering the best of holistic care to a new and wider audience. --Marla Schrader, parent of a son under Maureen's care
This practical and thorough guide is user-friendly for both parents and professionals. Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Oral-Motor Program for Home and School is a much-needed resource on an area of need that is pretty widespread but is not often highlighted in available resources. --Ana Curtin, MS, CCC-SLP, Private Practice