Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.
These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. a neurological speech disorder that causes children to have difficulty with motor planning, sequencing and programming necessary to produce speech.
The symptoms can present differently and vary widely from a more mild to severe impairment. In general, however, most children with autism have a marked or complete inability to communicate with other people.
Autism will sometimes present in infancy. Other children may develop typically for the first 12-15 months and then begin to slow down or withdraw suddenly. They may abruptly lose the language they had previously been developing.
Because so many of the language issues that present with autism also present with early language delay or a more global language disorder like Specific Language Impairment (SLI), many children are not diagnosed with autism until it becomes evident in the classroom and social settings. Those children often need special treatment programs to teach them many of the acceptable and more subtle nuances of social language.
It is the job of the trained speech-language pathologist to properly identify these various parameters and work with medical professionals, families, and educators to develop an effective program of treatment.
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