Tag: Autism

Autism: Many Therapists / Many Opinions

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I work in a school and I have an autistic student 4;0 with limited verbalizations. She also sees a private therapist who keeps telling the parents that my methodology isn’t right, and that is why the girl isn’t making progress. She says that apraxia therapy has to be done a certain way. The child actually is making progress but limited, and the parents are saying that the progress is due to the child’s own development and not because of…

Apraxia Uncovered and Autism

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I have a 5-year-old child with PDD, NOS (autism spectrum disorder). Her language comprehension is very good. She makes sounds and she babbles, but she produces no words. She is social and definitely has communicative interest and intent. Based on your experience, would the techniques in your book and CD called Apraxia Uncovered be of potential benefit to my daughter to help her speak words (even though she does not carry a diagnosis of Apraxia, per se). Thank you…

Thumb Sucking With Asperger’s Syndrome

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I have a 9-year-old male client with Asperger’s who sucks him thumb. I read your book How to Stop Thumbsucking and have had success with other children, but not this one. Advice? I have never faced this but I think this all boils down to what makes sense for him. It seems that the only things that get through to these clients are the things they can plug into their own logic.  If you can figure out what makes…

Labeling Toddlers with Apraxia or Autism

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My son is 2 years and 2 months, and he jargons mostly. His therapists can’t seem to figure out if this is apraxia or autism. Why is this? It can be very difficulty to determine if a child has autism or apraxia when they are under three years of age. This is because so many of the problems overlap. Both disorders cause the child to be non-verbal or minimally so. Both cause much refusal to follow directions and answer…

Verbal, Augmentative, and Cognition

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My four-year-old client is essentially non-verbal. He can say “momma.” He also babbles a little and says a few vowels. I am a first-year therapist and don’t really know how far he can go. And I don’t know what to tell the parents. We all start out as you are by making guesses from the seat of our pants. There is no way to know where this client will go at this point.  What I know and what I…

Classic Resources on Vowel Production

By Shanti McGinley

Q: The clinic I work for recently purchased your CD lecture called Vowel Tracks. I have a B.A. in psychology and work with children in the Autism Spectrum Disorder as a behavior analyst. I loved your product! Have you published any articles in peer-reviewed journals showing results that prove this methodology is effective with children who have very low intelligibility? Vowel Tracks is based on my own 35 years of clinical experiences and classic phonetics research on the vowels. I…

Licking Habit and Autism

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I am looking for something to assist us with a student who stimulates by licking everything in sight. Are there any strategies for decreasing this behavior? It interferes with his attending during class. I have worked so little with kids on the autism spectrum that I do not know how to answer this. I have never had to extinguish a behavior like this. I can say this however: I would not consider this an oral-motor problem. This is a…

Becoming Verbal With Autism and Apraxia

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My son is 9 years old and has been diagnosed with autism and apraxia. He is non verbal and low-to-medium functioning. We are trying to determine the best methodology to help him talk more. I read a lot about your Apraxia experience but nothing about your experience with Autism. Since my son has Autism as well I was hoping if you could give me your expert opinion on what to do as I am trying to determine what is…

Toddler With Autism

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My son is 2 1/2 years old and has a great level of oral motor difficulty and has been diagnosed with autism. He has only one word that he can produce on command, and that is “mom.” He tries very hard to talk and things come out a jumble. We are working on letter sounds with him as he really enjoys letters. He can make the sounds for the letters S, M, H, A, U, E. It sometimes takes…

Autism and Mouthing Behavior

By Shanti McGinley

Q: Jessica is 26 months old and has a diagnosis of autism/PDD. She has started to respond to discrete trial instruction, however she presents with constant mouthing, licking, and biting her fingers. We have tried numerous things – chewing tubes, cold stimulation, vibration to the mouth, pressure, sweet, sour, salty, ignoring, and so forth. But the behaviors are increasing. Parents report constant licking and gnawing at furniture, books, and other household objects. Any suggestions you can give that might help…