Every parent wants their child to grow up happy and healthy, no matter the challenges they may face. If your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), these challenges can range from mild to significant as they struggle to navigate the world around them.
We want you to know that you and your child are not alone and there is help. The team of speech therapists here at Celebrations Speech Group has considerable experience helping children with ASD by providing them with the tools they need to communicate and socialize.
Most ASD diagnoses are made when the child is fairly young and prompt treatment can play an invaluable role in your child’s future success. In many cases, ASD becomes evident around the ages of two or three and, at these ages, your child’s brain is still forming and is more “plastic.”
Thanks to this malleability, the National Institute of Child Health and Development reports that, “early diagnosis of and interventions for autism are more likely to have major long-term positive effects on symptoms and later skills.”
That said, we want to point out that treatment at any age (even adults) is important so you shouldn’t forgo intervention if you think it’s too late.
ASD includes the word “spectrum,” which allows for the wide range of symptoms that children may face. On one end, a child with ASD may be nonverbal while, on the other end of the spectrum, they may experience only mild symptoms, such as misreading social cues.
As a result, when it comes to treating ASD, our recommendations very much depend upon the severity of symptoms and we tailor each treatment plan to a child’s unique needs.
Because ASD can greatly affect your child’s speech, behaviors, and social skills, these are places in which our services can truly make a difference.
We offer a wide range of speech therapies, as well as therapies that help build communication and socialization skills, in both individual and group settings.
This last point about different settings is important as we want to provide your child with the tools they need to navigate a world with other people. While one-on-one time with us is extremely beneficial, we’re also able to put their newly gained skills to the test by offering safe group settings in which your child can practice.
The bottom line is that it’s impossible to say here what your child’s ASD treatment may look like, but we want to emphasize that there are options for every child.
If you want to explore the many ways in which we can help your child with ASD, please contact one of our locations in Brentwood, Stockton, and Elk Grove, California, to set up a consultation.