Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) refer to a group of neurologically based conditions that represent a spectrum of difficulties in socialization, communication, and behaviour. Speech Partners offers consultation, assessment and therapy services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, We work in partnership with families to set specific therapy goals in order to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders achieve their unique potential. These goals may include improving

  • expressive language skills (use of language)

  • receptive language skills (understanding of language)

  • articulation (speech) skills

  • social communication and pragmatic skills 

  • play skills (pretend play,  imaginative and social play)

  • shared and joint attention 

  • academic and literacy skills

  • challenging behaviours and non-compliance

  • use of alternative augmentative communication systems (alternative communication methods used to supplement or replace language)

 

 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders may exhibit any of the following behaviours or difficulties: 

  • limited or absent language

  • delayed or disordered speech

  • poor vocabulary skills 

  • poor eye contact 

  • lack of response to other people's feelings

  • poor or lack of pretend or social play

  • social difficulties with their peer group 

  • poor or lack of turn-taking skills in conversation or play

  • poor or lack of initiation skills in speech or in play

  • echolalia (repetition of another person's words, phrases, or part of words) 

  • over-sensitive reaction or no response to a sensory stimulus, such as light or sound

  • repetitive hands or body movements

  • repetitive behaviours (e.g. repeatedly lining up and spinning toys in a certain way, rather than  playing with them)

  • aggressive behaviours

  • screaming, crying or whining  for no reason

  • self-injurious behaviors such as head banging and self-biting

If you or your child experiences any of the difficulties listed above, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can help your child. You can reach us at 647-848-2988 or email us at info@speechpartners.ca to schedule an initial free consultation.  Services are available online, in the clinic, your home, school, or child care facility in the following locations

Funding is available for eligible families through various private and government assistance programs. For more information visit the FUNDING page.

Contact Us

647-848-2988

Toronto, Ontario

Locations

Thornhill 

 

Richmond Hill

 

North York

 

Concord

 

Vaughan

 

Toronto

 

Aurora

 

Newmarket

 

Woodbridge

 

Scarborough

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