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 inhibit the ability to produce verbal language in children with autism spectrum disorders. This guide introduces an oral-motor protocol designed to enhance the child's ability to produce 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 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.