As a parent, you know how challenging it can be for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around him. We address the unique needs of your child and provide parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their child reach their full communication potential. We will help your child improve social skills, improve his/her ability to engage in back back-and-forth interactions, and improve the ability to engage in improved understanding of language.
Here are some of the valuable things you’ll learn when your child attends therapy at Bear Creek Speech:
- How your child learns best and what motivates him to communicate
- Why your child behaves in certain ways, and what you can do to increase/reduce behaviors
- How to make interactions with your child last longer and be more meaningful
- Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
- Tips on how to talk so that your child understands you
- Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
- Ways to help your child make friends
- An effective treatment program for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) should be based on sound research. Research has shown that children learn to communicate within positive, meaningful interactions with their parents, caregivers, and therapists and that, when adults become more responsive and sensitive to their children’s communication, the children’s communication skills improve. Being responsive involves Following the Child’s Lead which includes three elements: respond promptly, positively, and be interested in what the child’s focus.
- Research on Interventions that are based on the Social Learning and Responsive Approach. Four studies which evaluated the effectiveness of four different interventions, all based on the Social Learning and Responsive Approach, showed positive effects on children with autism spectrum disorder as follows:
- Caregivers who demonstrated more of a responsive style of interaction had children with better communication and language skills 10 and 16 years after the beginning of the study (Siller & Sigman, 2002)
- Mothers who received training in responsiveness were able to become more responsive, and this change resulted in changes in their children, including better attention, persistence, initiation of communication, and joint attention (Mahoney & Perales, 2003).
- Parents became more responsive and, as a result, their children demonstrated increased and improved social interaction, engagement (they stayed longer in an interaction), responsiveness (to their parents), initiations, vocabulary, and communication acts (the number of times they communicated with their parents) (Aldred, Green, & Adams, 2004).
- Mothers who were more responsive to their children at 18 months (children with suspected autism, who later received the diagnosis) had children with higher expressive language between ages 2 and 3 years (Baker, Messinger, Lyons, & Grantz, 2010).