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Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders 9005

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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.


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.

ISBN: 9781934575239

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Suzie - This book written by Maureen Flanagan gives advise that is easily incorporated into the classroom and home. It helped me have a better understanding of why children with autism have difficulty eating a variety of foods and initiating communication with others. This a great resource book to give to parents whose child has received a diagnosis of autism.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Alena M - Very easy read with practical step-by-step ideas that are missed in other books I have ordered. There are so many pages I highlighted with great instruction and I will review this book many times over. My son will be four this year (non-verbal) and he will only eat baby food, certain crackers and french fries and has a hard time feeding himself. Found this book to be very helpful for him.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Margaret - My ASD son will be turning 4 soon and his oral motor issues have been one of the greatest challenges we face. I bought this book because I needed more to go on than my instincts. I needed clear understanding of the problems, real explanations about those complex issues, and a precise course of action I can take. This slim book provides ALL that. I am reading it over and over again, and I will continue to do so until I feel comfortable in the knowledge I have gained to then design a program at home that will work best for my child, in which it is appropriate to his age, and in an order and sequence that he is able to follow with the least resistance. I am also keeping in mind that I gotta make it F-U-N. There are terrific suggestions and ideas a-plenty in this book. It was money well spent. I highly recommend it.
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