According to scientific research, children acquire decoding and reading comprehension skills at the same time, but each skill develops independently of the other. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) usually develop decoding skills, but have difficulty with reading comprehension. They can identify words relatively more easily than understanding what they have read. This may be attributed to the fact that comprehension is a more abstract skill than decoding. Read More
When individuals have severe speech and language disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication strategies (AAC) can provide them with an opportunity to express themselves and have a voice.
The inability to communicate effectively has a significant impact on quality of life, educational access, and development of social skills and relationships. The frustration of not being able to communicate can lead to negative behavior challenges as well.
Music therapy has often been linked to positive outcomes and progress in skill development for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
One of the reasons that music has quickly become a tool used in autism therapy is that it can stimulate both hemispheres of our brain, rather than just one.
Each one of the non-verbal behaviors we exhibit, such as our gestures, the way that we sit, the rhythm and the tone of our voice, the distance we keep from the person we talk to and the eye contact we make conveys strong messages which are still there even when we stop talking. Read More
Expressive language signifies the ability to use words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey notions and messages to other people. Expressive language skills include the ability to name objects in our surroundings, describe actions and events, formulate sentences, use grammar correctly, retell stories and respond to questions. Read More
Emotions of children on the autism spectrum can be created suddenly in a quite short notice. Often, they fail to recognize the emotion or to establish a connection between the emotion and its expression. Read More