Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism in Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or simply Autism, refers to a complex neurodevelopmental disorder usually diagnosed in childhood. Its symptoms include challenges with social skills, speech and communication issues, repetitive behaviors, and often special abilities and intense interest in a specific area. There isn’t one autism but varying degrees, and each individual is unique. The term “spectrum” captures the many differences, challenges and strengths that each person with autism has. People on the autism spectrum see, hear and feel the world differently than other people.

Most autistic people have difficulty interpreting both verbal and nonverbal language, including tone of voice, facial expression, and sarcasm. They may experience language delays and disorders and may have difficulty with communication.

Repetitive behaviours are common, and changes in routine can be challenging for children with autism. This is often accompanied by highly focused interest in a specific area, and over- or under-sensitivity to sensory stimulation such as sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light, colours, temperatures or pain.

Our multidisciplinary team of Speech-Language Pathologists, Communicative Disorders Assistants, and Occupational Therapists believes that a collaborative approach is the best way to meet the needs of children with autism. As your child’s parent, you know them best, and we will work with you to support your goals and work towards helping you and your child meet their full potential.

We are Certified in the MORE THAN WORDS ® HANEN PROGRAM.

We offer parent training workshops as well as one to one training sessions for parents and their child. Research has shown that when parents interact with their children in motivating and encouraging ways, they can make an impact on their child’s social and communication development.

Ask about this program through our contact form.

The More Than Words® – Hanen’s Program For Parents of Children With Autism is a Hanen Program® designed specifically for parents of children on the autism spectrum to show them how they can make the most of their child’s unique strengths and preferences to build communication skills during everyday routines and activities. As a result, children receive the extra support they need throughout each day − not just while attending therapy sessions."
(Hanen.org)

Hanen has a Social Communication Checklist and a video about More Than Words ® on Hanen.org

Need support from our team? Use our contact form call 807-624-2590