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     Autism and spectrum disorders are complex things with no simple analysis or treatment regimen. Autism is a
     brain disorder which affects 1 out of every 150 people in the United States and is usually diagnosed at a very
                                                 early stage of a child.
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                       Teaching Children With Autism Better Verbal Communication Skills
                                                   By Rachel Evans



   Children with autism commonly face problems with verbal communication. This is usually due to the
frequent speech and language problems associated with the disorder. Though the actual reason that
these problems are faced by autistic children is unknown, many experts believe that they are the result
of several conditions occurring before, during, or after the child’s birth that have had an impact on the
development of the brain. The inability to properly communicate verbally can make interpretation and
interaction with the child’s world much more difficult.

 The communication problems experienced vary from child to child, depending on the individual’s
social and intellectual development. While some may not be able to speak at all, others may maintain
extensive vocabularies and can express themselves regarding complex topics. However, most
children with autism experience some form of communication difficulty usually with the appropriate use
of the language, for example difficulty with intonation, rhythm, and word and sentence meaning.

 Autistic children who are able to speak may say things without true information, expression, or
content. They are only words with no meaning to the situation. Others will use echolalia, where they
simply repeat what they have heard, even if they have been asked a question. And yet other autistic
children will use delayed echolalia, using the question previously posed in order to ask for what they
want. For example, a child who had earlier been asked “are you hungry?” may say “are you hungry” at
a later time to express his or her hunger.

 Many autistic children will have a stock of phrases that they use in specific conditions. For example, a
child may introduce him or herself at the beginning of every conversation. Some autistic children learn
scripts from television shows, commercials, books, or other recorded dialogues.

 Autistic children able to speak can frequently speak extensively about a topic without the ability to
actually converse with others. They may also make up a voice to use other than their own such as a
robot voice, a deep voice, a squeaky voice or another similar type of alteration.

 It is possible to help an autistic child to better his or her verbal communication skills with
improvements made through the use of appropriate treatments.

The first step is to consult a speech and language pathologist in order to have your child’s

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communication skills evaluated. Specific treatments suitable for your child may be recommended
during this evaluation.

 No single method of communication treatment has been universally found to improve all autistic
children, but starting early increases the chances of significant improvements. Try to target your child’s
specific communication strengths and weaknesses. Different forms of goal orientated therapy for
useful communications are the most successful techniques, though not guaranteed to work for all
children. Periodic in-depth evaluations from a specialist are recommended for perfecting and altering
the therapy to best work for your child’s unique needs.

 Many parents find that consulting physical and occupational therapists can also be very helpful for
helping to reduce unwanted behaviors during communication, which are common hindrances to the
development of skills.

 Find out what your child best responds to: a structured behavior modification program, an in-home
therapy program, or another type of therapy that utilizes reality-based situations as a foundation for the
therapy.

 It may surprise you to discover that music therapy and sensory integration therapies may have a large
impact on your child’s ability to use verbal communication. This is because stimulation of the senses
often helps to improve the child’s ability to respond to sensory information, and therefore helps him or
her recognize what he or she is hearing through verbal communication and seeing through non-verbal
communication. The goal is to help improve the effectiveness of sensory understanding.

 Medications may also improve an autistic child’s attention span, which in turn can help to improve
verbal communication in your child. However, with long-term medication use there is the possibility of
undesirable side effects.

 To be certain that your child is at his or her fullest potential, mineral and vitamin supplements, as well
as a tailored diet, psychotherapy, and overcoming sleep challenges may greatly assist in focus and
attention, which should help improve verbal communication.

Grab your free copy of Rachel Evans' brand new Autism Newsletter here
http://www.essential-guide-to-autism.com/?source=is which is overflowing with easy to implement
methods to help you and your family find how to manage autism and encourage better verbal
communication skills.




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                                                  Understanding Autism In Children
                                                                By Rachel Evans



 Do you know autism affects male children four times more than female children? The characteristic
feature of autism in children includes non-verbal and impaired verbal communication. In addition to this
the autism in children creates imaginative social interaction and activity. Infantile autism in children
develops at about 30 months of age. Autism in children is a condition in which they find it difficult to
build normal relationships with others. This can easily be diagnosed by disturbances normal
characteristic behaviors.

It has been found that autism in children is occurring at a rate of 4 in 10,000 children. Moreover, autism
in children is considered a lifelong disease. The occurrence of the disease ranges from mild to severe.
In mild form, the child with autism can live independently, whereas in severe form the autism requires
medical supervision and support throughout his/her life.

The risk factors and causes of autism include viral infection. Viral infection, mainly rubella virus during
the first term of pregnancy, may predispose the occurrence of autism in children. Genetic, traumatic
and infectious factors are the physical bases considered to be the main culprits for the occurrence of
autism in children. In early stages, it has been considered that the autism in children is mainly induced
by the parents, but it is not true.

Autism in children can occur in two forms: Patients exhibit the symptoms of autism within the first few
months of life, or the child would be apparently normal up to 18 to 24 months of age, and then the
symptoms would occur suddenly.

The symptoms of autism in children include nonverbal and verbal communication skills, along with odd
facial expressions and speech difficulties. The language used by the children in the autism is often
immature, unimaginative and not concrete. The language will be stilted in nature. Keep in mind that all
of these symptoms may not be present in all children with autism.

Children with autism can also be less aware of stimulus in the external environment. In some cases,
they are unable to recognize their parents after the first few months of life. Autism in children can lead
to toilet training problems. The autism in children can hamper the child’s ability to smile and show
emotion and can end with behavioral abnormalities, such as walking on tiptoe, tantrums, unpredictable
behavior, strange postures, staring at hands, and rocking.

They may also prefer playing alone, remain aloof, and become segregated from other children. Autism
in children may cause the affected child to become obsessed with one action or topic, and extreme
confrontation to change of any kind. The children with autism may want to set a separate environment
for themselves and also may establish their own behavioral patterns.

Rachel Evans. Get information & signup for a Free Autism Newsletter at
http://www.essential-guide-to-autism.com or for more autism articles click here
http://www.essential-guide-to-autism.com/understanding-autism-in-children.html




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