Autism Speech Therapy Services

Alex V. Speech Pathology provides therapy to children with Autism across Brisbane and Ipswich of varying ages.

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Autism Speech Pathology

Our speech therapy services for children with Autism include speech, language, literacy and social skills.

Communication difficulties are common in children with Autism, with Speech Pathologists often playing a significant role in their treatment. In order to be diagnosed with Autism, a certain level of speech and language delay must be prevalent in the child.

At Alex V. Speech Pathology, we have a special interest in treating children with Autism; whether they have simple or complex speech, language and/or social skills difficulties. Instead of taking a ‘cookie cutter’ approach, we truly customise the service to the child, taking the time to get to know them and their family. We work closely not only with your child and other family members, but also with your child’s school, pre-school and other key figures in their life.

To book a consultation at either one of our Toowong or Ipswich clinics, contact our friendly team on (07) 3217 7037.

When is the best time to start speech therapy?

Like any medical condition, starting treatment earlier rather than later is always the best option. Studies show that with early intervention, success is more prevalent in helping children with Autism improve their communication skills. Generally, Autism is evident in children before the age of 3, with language delays able to be recognised as early as 18 months of age.

If you are unsure of what stage your child’s speech should be at, visit our speech and language milestones page. Regardless of if you suspect your child may have Autism, it is best to book a consultation at Alex V. Speech Pathology as soon as you notice speech and language delays in your child.

The Alex V. Speech Pathology Difference

Alex V. Speech Pathology specialise in a range of children’s speech therapy treatments, including working with Autistic children. As we understand that appointments can be daunting for children, Alex V. Speech Pathology takes a non-clinical approach; instead providing a fun, friendly and calming environment for your child to thrive in.

When it comes to treatment, we don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. Even if two children require similar treatments, we customise every treatment plan to not only fit your child’s needs, but the nature of your family dynamic. This includes everything from considering your child’s hobbies, interests and friendships to family dynamics, traditions and ethnic normalities.

We have three experienced Speech Pathologists working across our Toowong and Ipswich clinics who all have a special interest in taking a holistic approach to children’s speech therapy. To book a consultation with one of our therapists, contact the clinic on (07) 3217 7037.

What is Autism?

Autism is a range of complex neuro-development disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. Autistic disorder is sometimes called autism or classical ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).

Although ASD varies in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, literacy or social skills development, contact Alex V. Speech Pathology for a consultation.

How will Speech Therapy Help my Autistic Child?

The entire purpose of Speech Pathology is to help a child improve their communication and language skills. Children with Autism struggle with this more than children without; therefore, it is especially important for them to seek therapy so that they can live a fuller life. Speech Therapy is beneficial in helping children with autism build authentic relationships and function as independently as possible in the world around them.

Speech therapy will help your child to:

Express their wants and needs
Children who can confidently exchange ideas with others will build better relationships with family and friends.
Understand their peers and other adults
Comprehension of verbal and non-verbal communication methods will help children to recognise cues such as body language and facial expressions.
Communicate to build relationships
Speech therapy can teach children communication strategies so that they can play, make friends and have social success.
Communicate to be understood
Speech therapy can help children overcome difficulty with talking to others and being understood clearly.
Articulate their thoughts
Some children with Autism have difficulty articulating their sounds and putting words into sentences, and speech therapy can help with this.
Brisbane & Ipswich

Speech Pathology Services:

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

AVSP uses Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing to treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which has seen improvement and success with all our patients.

Alternative & Augmentative Communication

Strategies to encourage children to engage in conversation using symbols, signing and technology to promote richer learning experiences.

Assistive Communication for Children

We use assistive communication devices to help children find new and meaningful ways to creatively express themselves and engage in conversation.

Children with Autism

Constructive therapy for children with Autism to assist with their speech, language, literacy and social skills development.

Language Therapy

Helping children with language delay and disorder with speech and interpretation.

Late Talkers

Assistance for toddlers who are struggling to develop language skills at the expected rate for their age.

Literacy for Children

Helping find the basis of your child’s literacy difficulties to build a strong foundation for developing reading, spelling and writing skills.

Fluency / Stuttering

We use speech restructuring techniques to treat children’s stuttering and the anxiety that comes with dilemma of speak.

Social Skills Therapy

Social Communication programs for children who need assistance with using their language skills in a social setting.