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When is the best time to start speech therapy for autism?

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It is very important to start speech therapy as early as possible, when it can have the greatest impact. Intensive, individualized treatment can help lessen the disabling isolation that may result from this social communication disability.

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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