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What are the common speech and communication problems with autism?

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A person with autism may:

About one out of three people with autism has trouble making speech sounds. Their language is simply too hard to understand.

  • Not talk at all
  • Utter grunts, cries, shrieks, or throaty, harsh sounds
  • Hum or talk in a musical way
  • Babble with word-like sounds
  • Use foreign-sounding "words" or robotic-like speech
  • Parrot or often repeat what another person says (called echolalia)
  • Use the right phrases and sentences, but with an unexpressive tone of voice

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span;" "Treatment Efficacy Summary;'' and "Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span."

Autism Research Institute: "Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Auditory Integration Training (AIT)" and "Oral-Motor Training/Therapy."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span;" "Treatment Efficacy Summary;'' and "Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span."

Autism Research Institute: "Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Auditory Integration Training (AIT)" and "Oral-Motor Training/Therapy."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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