At Shoreline, we take a neurodiversity affirming approach to working with Autistic people. We use evidence informed strategies to highlight their strengths and encourage and teach language naturally. We use the child’s interests and natural reinforcements to support the learning of new skills. All goals are incorporated into play or developmentally appropriate activities.
Families are often included in treatment so that the therapist can gain a stronger sense of the Autistic person’s skills in all settings. Family involvement also allows the therapist to coach and provide strategies to the family so these skills can be practiced at home, in the child’s most comfortable environment, and with their favourite people. By including the family, practice can be expanded and incorporated throughout the child’s day, rather than just limited to the therapy session.
Information and Resources
The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
National Autism Center at May Institute
"A Parent's Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism"
The Hanen Centre
Autism Nova Scotia