Our specialist Speech, Language & Communication Therapist can get to know you, learn about how your child thinks and experiences the world. She will try to understand what they find difficult, feel they do differently, or would like help with, and work with them to find ways to make life easier. Here are some things she might do:
- Talking with them about what autism means, and helping them understand and feel OK about themselves.
- Helping them to make sense of what other people are saying and doing.
- Helping them to understand more about how they talk, behave and come across to other people.
- Work with them to help them to learn skills that can help them to get along with other people. (e.g. use of eye contact, listening skills, assertiveness, friendship skills…) We call these social communication skills.
- Learn about whether they have strong feelings that happen a lot, and are stopping them from coping in day to day life. These strong feelings could be
- feeling worried or anxious,
- feeling lonely
- feeling low in mood or depressed
- feeling angry or out of control
- feeling like you can’t concentrate
These types of strong feelings are known as mental health needs. If we think your child might have some mental health needs that are making life difficult for them, we can help you to find someone who can help. This might be a doctor, a psychologist, or other people who also have mental health needs and have learned things that help. We would talk to your child about whether they wanted to consider this extra support.