Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Auditory Processing Disorder and Language Learning Disabilities require intervention by a Speech-Language Pathologist. This department features articles about these developmental disabilities and their resulting speech, language and communication delays and disorders.

  • Autism Facts

  • What is Autism? The Autism Society of America defines autism as "a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.... read full details

  • Characteristics of Autism

  • In the type and intensity of their symptoms, no two people with autism are exactly alike. They may share common traits, but each individual is as distinct and unique as a fingerpri... read full details

  • Communication Characteristics of Young Children with Autism

  • Why children with autism learn language differently may best be described by looking at the language characteristics of children with autism. In this article I will describe four ... read full details

  • Language Development in Children with Autism

  • Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a high functioning adult with autism and author of several books writes, "I can ... read full details

  • Why Children with Autism Use Echolalia

  • "Echolalia is the act of repeating or echoing words or sentences that others have said. These ‘borrowed’ words are generally well articulated and repeated with the same emphasis and vocal quality used by the original speaker. This ability to echo... read full details

  • Teaching Pre-Communication Skills to Children with Autism

  • How does your child currently communicate? How does he let you know what he wants and what he doesn’t want? How does he get your attention and comment on the world around him? Just because your child isn’t communicating verbally doesn’t mea... read full details

  • Improve Comprehension in Children with Autism by Using Visual Supports

  • Most children with autism demonstrate both a severe receptive language disorder (i.e., deficit in their ability to understand spoken language) and a severe expressive language disorder (i.e., deficit in their ability to express themselves using symbo... read full details

  • How to Improve Joint Attention Skills in Young Children with Autism

  • To improve joint attention skills in children with autism set aside time to interact with your child without talking. While it is important to talk to your child throughout the day to provide speech and language stimulation and models for him to lear... read full details

  • Why Children with Autism Repeat Lines from Movies or TV Shows

  • Some children with autism will repeat lines of a movie or T.V. show over and over. This is similar to delayed read full details