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Language Improvements in Kids with ASD

Around this time of year, I like to look through my files and find any children who have not been assessed in the last year AND who have made significant progress on their goals.

One child I see is diagnosed with ASD and ADHD. His family came to me a year and a half ago after moving to the Seattle area. He was in first grade and had severe speech and language delays. He scored in the 0.5th percentile for his core language, in the 2nd percentile for receptive language and in the 1st percentile for expressive language.

Now that I’ve been working with this little guy for a year and a half, I figured it was time to reassess him. He went from 0.5th percentile to the 10th percentile in his core language. His receptive language went from the 2nd percentile to the 30th percentile! His expressive language score went from the 1st percentile to the 14th percentile! These improvements are HUGE and so exciting.

For those who are unfamiliar with percentiles, here is an explanation

I can’t take all the credit for these gains. This child has a lot going for him. He has dedicated parents who bring him to me for speech therapy twice per week religiously. They don’t miss a session unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. They have a close relationship with his teacher and they hold the school administration to the child’s IEP and ask for frequent reports on what the’s working on and how he’s doing.

Speech therapy is proven to decrease the symptoms of ASD and these results are what we all strive for in this field.  It’s a validation of what we work so hard to do every day.


About Express Yourself SLP

Express Yourself Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) offers treatment, prevention, advocacy, education, and administration, in the areas of communication and swallowing from birth through 18 years of age These are the areas of speech, language and feeding I work on with chidlren in their own homes or in the community: Articulation – finding the right place in the mouth to make a sound like /s/ or /r/. Expressive Language – grammar, vocabulary development, and language development (this might be sign language or verbal language) Disfluency (stuttering) – decreasing and eliminating disfluency and concomitant behaviors associated with stuttering. Feeding – increasing food repetoire including textures, colors, and flavors. Receptive Language - comprehension of verbal or signed language Social Language – understanding and implementing expected social rules in play and conversation. This can be individually or in groups with peers Sessions are 50 minutes. Parents or caregivers must be present when sessions are in the home. If the caregiver would like a community outting, the child must be driven to the desired location by a caregiver or it should be within walking distance of the home. Parents or caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to join in community outtings.

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