Language delays or uneven language development are common signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. These delays are most evident when a child is between 2-3 years old. In typically-developing children, the toddler phase is a period of rapid language growth. However, in kids with ASD, there may be clear challenges. For example, a child with ASD may not recognize or respond when they hear their name.
It’s estimated that between 25-30% of children diagnosed with ASD are minimally verbal (30 or fewer mastered words) or have other challenges with verbal communication (1). Speech-language therapy addresses language challenges and can help improve communication skills, oral motor skills, and more.
At Heartleaf, speech therapy is part of the continuum of care for children receiving ABA services. What this means, is that every child who qualifies for our ABA program automatically qualifies for speech-language therapy. You do not need separate approvals or insurance coverage to receive services.