Speech and language

Speech therapy

Lincolnshire NHS has an open referral system for children’s speech therapy.        Parents can phone children’s therapy services to ask about it.      Click icon for their social communication and autism page.       Specifically see Speech and language therapy.

See also Family Services Directory.      Speech therapy can cover a wide range of issues of significance to autism.

Private therapists

The Association of speech and language therapists in independent practice (ASLTIP) offers a search facility for private therapists.      Click icon for search form.

  • Here is their list of speech therapists catering for pre-school children with autism, within 30 miles of Grantham.      The nearest is near Sleaford.     new        Alternatively, they list many offering online therapy.
  • Here is their guide to therapy for children.

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Where to start?

Talking Point offers a comprehensive guide to children’s communication issues.         Click icon for guidance.      Look for Starter guide download.       You might also want to look for the following:

  • Ages and stages of development – what is normal?
  • Some children struggle – what to look out for.
  • What can I do?      Finding the right school.

Choose from the menu list down the left hand side

Talking Point services are in Lincolnshire Family services directory.      Their nearest centre is in Nottinghamshire.

Attention autism

Attention Autism is an approach can be used to help to improve communication.      Click icon to find out more.

Visual aids

Visual aids and techniques may help young children to develop speech and language.      Click icon to find out more.       It includes Mr Tumble and the Makaton language.

Dillan’s Voice

Apple released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice, in 2016, about a teenager with autism.      He had difficulty getting across what he wanted to say until he started typing it into his iPad, which had an app to read them out loud.

Click icon to find the video clip.      There is also an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path outlining his life experience.

Total communication

Options group have produced a helpsheet about the development of communication skills in people on the autism spectrum.       The author is a specialist speech and language therapist.        Click icon to view.

The girl who thought in pictures

Dr Temple Grandin did not speak until the age of 4.      Doctors did not think she would ever speak but her parents refused to accept it.       With determination, her unusual mind enabled her to improve animal welfare on farms around the world.      Click icon to find video clips introducing the book.      See also Amazon.       The book contains an illustrated rhyming tale for children followed by reading matter for parents.

Play

Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability:    e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and social skills.         t may be good for toddlers with delayed speech.        Little explorers could be another one to consider.       See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.

Discussions

Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues.      Look for the magnifying glass icon on the top right of their site and search for specific topics.

Non-verbal

Even if a child does not develop speech all is not lost.        Click icon to read article.        Its themes are developed in Diversitypress.        There are also one or two similar articles in Whatisitlike?.

Lincolnshire Family services directory has a few entries with a search for non-verbal.       Linchfield is in the Market Deeping area.

Mothers’ insights

Researchers at two Universities in the USA interviewed mothers of non-speaking autistic children to find out how they form bonds with their children.       They noted the vital role of the mothers in interpreting the behaviour of their children.       Click icon for article from UC Santa Cruz