Autism

Autism is a complex disability that typically appears during the first 3 years of life, and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. (Autism Society of America)

Autism is identified by deficits in the areas of social interaction, communication, and behavior. Current prevalence data (Pediatrics Journal Oct. 2009) indicates that autism occurs in 1 of every 91 children.

Children with autism often have difficulty communicating. They may not develop spoken language, or their language may be unusual. Conversation skills are often impaired. Non-verbal language, such as eye-gaze, facial expressions, body language, and gestures can be limited or misunderstood. Children with autism may also fail to establish developmentally appropriate peer relationships, may lack a sharing of ideas, and fail to demonstrate reciprocity in play or conversation.

At CTS, we target all areas of communication. Comprehension, spoken langauge, and pragmatic (social) language skills are targeted and treated in our therapy sessions. We believe that through consistent and early intervention, most children can demonstrate progress in communication therapy.