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A 3 year old child with a mild form of autism, and the child has a speech delay, do you think this child witll develp speech later on,

child is on speech therapy and in the child find program. physical and occupational skills are graet, eats very well and sleeps very well, but only 5 few words in her vocabulary, and I hassel her to say them.

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Asked by Elena2005 at 2:33 AM on Aug. 29, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • She might and she might not. It really depends on how she is being taught. I hope you aren't really hassling her to say them. There is a specific way to deal with children who have autism. And hopefully she is getting services beyond then what you mentioned. They should have her in Early Intervention (i'm assuming she is not yours as you called her THE child). Try teaching her ASL if you cant get her to say the words. Also, try pictures. And motivational words! she's not going to say apple if she doesnt really want the apple.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:50 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • I just saw your other post. so she is your child. Well, then this is what you need to do. only ONE word at a time. if she points at the apple (hopefully she does point) hold up the apple and say "apple". if she nods or grunts or holds out her hand just look at her and say "apple". Do this several times. If she attempts to make the sound then give her the apple. But mind you, you know your child. If she wasnt trying to say apple then dont give it to her. But if she says "abel" then that would probably be good. It probably wont work the first time. so put the apple down (do NOT give her the apple) and that's it. let her throw a fit or whatever (i know it's hard). ...But only ONE word at a time. Once she masters apple then you can move on to milk or sandwich or TV or whatever is her motivation.
    and PLEASE find out who does early intervention in your area.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:54 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • yes! childrens brains are remarkeable! message me put me on your friends list?

    Answer by muffin400 at 3:00 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Yes, there is a very good chance that she will acquire speech. I somewhat agree with the other posts, but have a different approach on how to teach her. First, it would be very benefitcial to your daughter if you could not only get her private therapies, but get her enrolled in a preschool program where she could be around typically developing children her age. Hearing the speech of other children also teaches children to speak, sometimes quicker than one to one therapy will. Also, ask her speech therapist about using a "Picture Exchanges Communication System" Children use photographs or line drawn pictures of objects to represent the words they want to say. You teach the child to hand you a picture to show what they want. They start out with one picture and increase up to using a whole sentence of pictures to express themselves. (to be contintued)

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 5:32 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • When they child hands the listener the picture, the listener says to them, "Oh, you want a drink!" or whichever picture they handed them. The exciting part of this method is that the majority of children begin to speak the words that go along with the pictures. I have seen many children use this method and had success. You can hang up several of these pictures in certain areas of the house so they are readily accessable when needed and in the area they would naturally be used in.
    Even if you are not using pictures, you are a model of typical speech. Talk to your daughter continually, name things she wants, if she attempts to say the word give her the item. You don't want her to get really frustrated or feel hasseled. If she says one word, like "ball". You say, "Oh, you want the ball? " I work with preschool children with special needs and have had many students with Autism, you may contact me if you have questions

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 5:41 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Combining your two posts...the doctor "thinks" she has autism or she has been tested by a developmental pediatrician and has an official diagnosis?

    What does the speech therapist think? How long has she been in therapy and what kind of progress has she made?

    What about her other therapists? What do they think? The ones you should be speaking with are all her therapists, her preschool teachers, her developmental pediatrician, pediatrician and psychologist if she's seeing one.

    What "mild form" of autism does she have? The spectrum is so wide...where is she on that spectrum?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:47 AM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • I will just ditto prior posters since they have it covered.

    And on a personal note: My oldest son is diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He was not saying a word at age 3. At 14 months he began speaking a made up language. A few months later he abandoned that and started saying words completely backward. Just a few weeks later he stopped speaking altogether (so he was then about 16-17 months) . At 3 1/2 his language just came! Within weeks he was speaking in sentences, but was still very unclear in his speech. He had speech therapy and at age 5 he was kicked out because he was speaking so well he no longer needed it! Now at age 9 he has trouble with "R"s, but other than that you would never guess he spoke so much later than most kids his age. All kids are different, of course, but there is definitely hope!

    Answer by SahmTam at 12:02 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

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