Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism
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Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism

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Publication Date:
June 9, 2008
Print Length:
121 pages

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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!


For parents and professionals - this is a book that will not just sit on your bookshelf. In this very practical resource, Maureen combines her extensive knowledge and training to create a step-by-step analysis and program that can be incorporated in everyday life. --Lisa Leyden, MS, CCC-A, clinical audiologist, Dynamic Development Pediatric Services, Inc

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

About the Author

Maureen A. Flanagan, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech/language pathologist. Over the past 29 years, she has worked in home-based infant programs, special education centers, the public school system and private schools with children with a variety of disabilities and handicapping conditions. Presently, Ms. Flanagan runs a private practice in Rockville and Harwood, Maryland, providing speech/language services to children aged birth to 15 years. She has worked extensively with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder within the classroom setting, group sessions and individual sessions.

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