Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Therapy
Pediatric occupational and speech therapy is often just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to helping a child on the autism spectrum. The developmental needs of autistic children can vary widely, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Depending on your child’s needs, they may also benefit from Augmentative & Alternative Communication Device Therapy. This form of treatment involves using pictures to develop simple connections and augment the child’s ability to communicate desires to others. For example, a nonverbal child might learn to point to a glass of water when they are thirsty.
What to expect with Augmentative & Alternative Communication Device Therapy
Augmentative & Alternative Communication Device Therapy sessions will usually last only 20 to 30 minutes for younger children. As they get older, sessions can be extended up to an hour. Your therapist will work with you to develop strategies to help your child build important skills such as grooming (brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.), feeding (using utensils and napkins properly) and dressing independently, as well as improving social skills, fine motor skills and visual perception skills. Guided strategies that you can use at home and at your child’s school will also be provided. Strategies will be adjusted over time as your child learns new skills and is able to function more independently.
Pediatric occupational and speech therapy can help your child develop to their fullest potential. Sessions with an occupational and speech therapist at our facility are safe, friendly, and encouraging. If you’d like to request a free screening at Therapy Solutions or begin therapy for your child on the autism spectrum, call our office today to get the process started.