Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
An Oral-Motor Program for Home and School
Many treatment programs encourage verbal imitation and production without addressing the oral hypersensitivities that often make it difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder to produce verbal language. This guide introduces an oral-motor protocol designed to enhance the child's ability to speak and eat by producing more normal movement patterns. It is accompanied by activities that can be incorporated into the child's daily schedule at home or at school for improved eating and speech development. The suggestions and activities will enable parents and professionals to broaden food varieties in a child's diet, increase a child's ability to accept touch inside and around the mouth, and expand the number of sounds and words produced by a child.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Maureen A. Flanagan,
MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in home-based infant programs, special education centers, as well as public and private schools with children with a variety of disabilities and handicapping conditions. Presently, Maureen runs a private practice in Rockville and Harwood, Maryland, providing speech-language services to children from birth to age 15. She has worked extensively with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder within the classroom setting, group sessions, and individual sessions. Maureen is the author of Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Oral-Motor Program for Home and School
and Strategies for a Successful Mealtime: A Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Difficulties Who Have Eating Difficulties. Ms. Flanagan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and through her website at www.maureenflanaganspeech.com.