Offering diagnosis and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders
Published: Nov. 3, 2011
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011
One of the greatest challenges a person with autism and his or her family faces is communication. Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others.
Communication is the exchange of thoughts or ideas from one person to another. Effective communication includes receptive language, expressive language, and pragmatic language.
Receptive language is understanding written or spoken messages. Expressive language is language that delivers a message with words, writing or gestures. Pragmatic language is the use of the rules of language in social situations, such as making appropriate eye contact, greeting people, taking turns speaking, or switching topics of conversation.
A child with autism can appear to live life in his or her own world, show little interest in others, and exhibit a lack of social awareness. Often children with autism can have different ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to things.
The following are the most common communication symptoms associated with autism. Each child may exhibit symptoms differently and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
In addition to communicating ideas and thoughts, autistic children often have difficulty using language in social situations. The child may exhibit this difficulty in a number of ways, including:
Appointment types can vary and your speech pathologist and referring doctor can help you find the right intervention for your situation. Services range from a full evaluation with the goal of starting a therapy plan to a one-time consultation visit that provides additional information to the services your child already receives.
All appointments at Duke include the following:
Communication is a vital part of life. Finding a successful way for a child to be understood and express themselves can improve family and social interactions, facilitate learning in school, reduce frustration with miscommunications, and provide an overall enhanced quality of life.
To schedule an evaluation, contact Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology at 919-684-3859, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.