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Speech Therapy Columbus, Speech Pathology Columbus

Speech therapy and speech pathology in Columbus.
One of the most common characteristics of a child on the autism spectrum is difficulty communicating.

Speech Therapy Columbus, Speech Pathology Columbus Overview

One of the most common characteristics of a child on the autism spectrum is difficulty communicating.

Therefore, a speech language pathologist is a necessary and vital part of the evaluation and treatment team for many families living with Autism. Haugland offers speech therapy in Columbus/speech pathology in Columbus.

The speech pathology department at Haugland is comprised of speech pathologists who are dedicated to providing evidence-based services for children with communication disabilities.

Each nationally-certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologist provides evaluations and interventions for receptive and expressive language, as well as pragmatic language/social skills, play skills, articulation, fluency, voice, oral motor skills and eating/feeding skills deficits.

Speech therapy sessions are conducted in a one-on-one setting, in the classroom, or in collaboration with other Haugland staff such as social workers.  

Speech therapy and speech ppathology in Columbus.
A speech pathologist addresses all of these by utilizing a structured plan and principles of applied behavioral analysis..

Speech Therapy Treatment Plans

Because no two children with Autism are the same, no two treatment plans for speech therapy are the same.

The Haugland speech pathology department uses a variety of techniques to help children on the spectrum develop communication to their fullest potential.

Each plan of treatment for every child will follow a developmentally-appropriate sequence so that children are being properly challenged without becoming frustrated.

Some children with Autism do not talk (non-verbal), others are able to use gestures or point (early communicators), while some repeat everything they hear (echoing), and others still are able to speak quite clearly but have difficulty with the social aspect of communication.

A speech pathologist addresses all of these by utilizing a structured plan and principles of applied behavioral analysis.  

Speech therapy and speech ppathology in Columbus.
With the help of speech therapy and speech pathology, the child will be taught an alternative form of communication.

Non-Verbal And Verbal Communication

Haugland’s speech pathology and speech therapy programs have years of experience with non-verbal communication. When a child is non-verbal, it is critical that they quickly learn a way to make their wants and needs known.

Non-Verbal And Verbal Communication (Cont.)

With the help of speech therapy and speech pathology, the child will be taught an alternative form of communication.

This communication may take the form of sign language, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) or a communication device. Through the use of this alternate form of communication, the child is able to focus on core words, that can be used in many situations (go, want, play, me) and fringe words, that may be situation specific, (cookie, ball, DVD) to express themselves.

As the child learns to communicate, their frustration and any unwanted behaviors will decrease.

MAKING GESTURES

GesturesIf children are able to gesture or point to communicate, the speech pathologist will build on those skills and trial different techniques to determine if the child is ready to work on verbal skills or alternate forms of communication.

As with all children that receive speech pathology services, the goal is effective and functional communication – no matter the form.

REPEATING BEHAVIOR

Approve the planIn instances where a child repeats everything they hear or lines and scenes from a movie, the speech pathologist will use that behavior to shape what the child is saying into a meaningful statement.

The best way to do this is through play. It is important to remember that play is a child’s work and children on the autism spectrum have a difficult time learning to play.

The skill of playing goes hand-in-hand with communicating and is a great way to help children develop in all aspects of their development.

INCOMPREHENSIBLE

IncomprehensibleIn addition to focusing on communication, a speech pathologist provides treatment for children whose speech may be difficult to understand.

Additionally, the Haugland’s speech therapy and speech pathology Columbus program will treat children with voice disorders (to loud, too soft, monotone), fluency disorders (stuttering) and feeding disorders – especially when parts of the mouth, teeth, tongue, and/or jaw are not moving correctly.  

Social skills.
Many children on the spectrum have excellent verbal skills but lack the knowledge of how to use those skills to make friends.

Social Skills

Another area of difficulty that therapy addresses is social skills. Many children on the spectrum have excellent verbal skills but lack the knowledge of how to use those skills to make friends, voice frustration appropriately, or discuss topics other than those that are their favorites.

In both one-on-one and group settings, the speech language pathologist can evaluate and develop the necessary skills in a child with social skill deficits.

The team of speech-language pathologists at Haugland will work with each family to prioritize goals, explain needs, and incorporate activities for use at home in order for each child to be the most competent and successful communicator they can be.