Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication. Individuals with autism have difficulty reacting appropriately to the world around them. For example, they may have difficulty handling changes in a typical routine or play with toys and objects in unusual ways. Many experience global cognitive deficits and language delays. Speech is often characterized by echolalia, scripting, and atypical prosody. Repetitive behaviors or intense interests may also be displayed. Sensory processing and motor skills are often affected. Characteristics of this disorder, and their severity, can present very differently for each individual with autism.
Marci Adilman Speech Therapy uses a variety of evidence based practice to support children and families of children with autism. Examples include: Greenspan's "DIR/Floortime", Hanen's "More Than Words," and "It Takes Two," Michelle Garcia-Winner's, "Social Thinking" curriculum, and many others.