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Speech Language Pathology Education Resources

Introduction

Speech Language Pathologists or Therapists are qualified professionals who help with the development of speech, language, communications and vocalizations.  SLPs work with children on the Autism Spectrum from non-verbal to excessively verbal kids who need help with conversations and social interactions.  The SLP will evaluate your child and create a customized speech/language program depending on your child's individual needs.  These sessions usually include the therapist and child working together to increase the child's speech and communication.

If your child has limited receptive and expressive language, as well as auditory processing difficulties, you many want to find a speech pathologist trained in teaching functional language.  This helps a child learn language through association with their environment and with different modalities.

Related Sites

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Description:  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website answers questions about speech and communication techniques used on children with Autism.

Speech and Language Kids
Description:  This site provides resources for SLPs, parents, and educators.

Gemiini – A Web Based Program Clinically Proven to Increase Language, Reading and Social Skills
Description:  Discrete Video Modeling may be the solution for your child who struggles to learn language.

Teach Me to Talk
Description:  A web site designed by a speech pathologist which includes podcasts, videos, and products as well as a blog.

Benefits of Speech Therapy for Autism
Description:  This article explains the benefits of speech therapy for children with ASD.

Books

Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - An Oral Motor Program for Home and School by Maureen A. Flanagan
Description:  This plan of treatment focuses not only on speech problems, but also difficulty with hypersensitivity in the mouth. With the ability to work on mouth movements at home and school, the special needs child could see improvement in oral tactile sensitivity, expansion in dietary tolerances, and positive changes in speech abilities.

Speech in Action: Interactive Activities Combining Speech Language Pathology and Adaptive Physical Education by America X. Gonzalez, Lois Jean Brady, and Jim Elliot
Description:  This book contains fun and creative lesson plans that can have a noticeable impact on a child’s speech and language development.

Receptive, Expressive & Intraverbal Language Drills: For Children with Autism & Speech & Language Delays by Danni Bloom
Description:  With over 100 color photographs, this book was created for parents and teachers of children with autism. Each photograph contains a list of specific questions needed for teaching children with speech and language delays.

Here's How to Do Therapy: Hands-On Core Skills in Speech Language Pathology by Debra M. Dwigh
Description:  Created in the style of a workshop, this book captures the key features needed to enhance speech therapy sessions. An accompanying DVD showcases many short real-life clips for learning language skills.

Tools

Picture Exchange Communication System
Description:  The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) begins by teaching an individual to give a picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner" who immediately honors the exchange as a request.

LinquiSystems
Description:  This is a website for Speech Language Pathologists that offers a variety of teaching tools you can order for all ages and abilities. Some of the materials available are: Autism & PDD Social Stories and Language Activities, Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Skills Interactive Software, Spotlight books and software, No-Glamour materials and a variety of other materials.

Rethink Autism: Teach Your Child Functional Language
Description:  This video explains the uses of functional language for the child with autism.

Baby BumbleBee Video
Description:  Video modeling DVDs and materials to help develop speech are provided at this web site.

Parent Forums/Blogs

Some forums require you to sign in to Yahoo or Facebook to locate forum names.

Forum/Blog Name:  Gemiini Series: Part 3 – Adventures in Language Acquisition
Description:  This blog reflects a family’s experience with their ASD daughter who had significant language challenges and how they utilized the Gemiini program within their daily living experience. This blog is a great explanation on how to use the program and valuable advice for parents on what to expect and see in regard to results.

Forum/Blog Name:  Gemiini Series: Part 2 – Getting in the Gemiini Groove
Description:  This blog reflects a family’s experience with their ASD daughter who had significant language challenges and how they utilized the Gemiini program within their daily living experience. This blog is a great explanation on how to use the program and valuable advice for parents on what to expect and see in regard to results.

Forum/Blog Name:  Parents Association from Comm deall
Description:  The Communication DEALL program has been developed by Dr. Prathibha Karanth, a pioneer in the field of Speech-Language Pathology in India. It was developed for children with communication disorders such as Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) / Autism (ASD) and Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD).

Forum/Blog Name:  Gemiini Series: Part 1 – Getting on the Gemiini Wagon
Description:  This blog reflects a family’s experience with their ASD daughter who had significant language challenges and how they utilized the Gemiini program within their daily living experience. This blog is a great explanation on how to use the program and valuable advice for parents on what to expect and see in regard to results.

Forum/Blog Name:  Autism India Network
Description:  Autism India Network is a platform to discuss about Early Intervention and the different approaches in managing and training the children affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Language Pathology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Psychiatry, Developmental Disability, GFCF Diet, Bio-medical intervention, Ayurveda, Homeo and non-conventional treatments, different methodologies like ABA, VBA and TEACCH and new researches in different fields, with specific relation to Autism in India can be discussed here.