Autistic Spectrum Disorder

What is autism, and how can autism affect my child’s speech and language?

Autism is a developmental disability that usually shows up before the age of three. Children on the autism spectrum may have major problems with both speech and nonverbal communication, and may also find it very hard to interact socially.

Speech therapy is a central part of treatment of autism, and can address a wide range of speech and communication problems. At Voice Culture, we have extensive experience working with autistic children and are well practised in creating specialist therapy programs.

Children on the autism spectrum may grunt, hum or talk in a musical way, parrot or babble. They may use the right phrases and sentences, but with an unexpressive tone of voice. They may not talk at all.

Other communication problems are also common. These could include trouble keeping eye contact, understanding the different meanings of words, or lack of creative language.

At Voice Culture, we work with your child to develop their ability to communicate.  We also work with children to help them learn to hold a conversation and tune in to verbal and nonverbal clues from other people in order to improve overall communication abilities.

If your child is on the autism spectrum, we can help improve the speech and communication difficulties that come along with it – contact us today or phone us on (09) 360 0535 or (09) 576 6400.