Autism and Speech-Language Therapy: a mother’s perspective

Tell me a little about your family/child. 

Hi, My name is Katie. I am mom of two boys. Ben is going to be 7 and Max is 2. We are a bilingual family.  We speak Polish and English at home.  

When and why did you start to notice a difference and seek support from a SLP?

Around 18 months I was kind of sure that Ben may have some language and communication problems. He was not saying first words. He had problems with joint attention and he did not copy me. By the age of two he had a provisional diagnosis of autism. 

What are the most challenging aspects as the parents of a child with developmental/behavioral challenges?

The first years are the hardest. There are many unknowns as you fight for every word or a sentence.  Children on the spectrum may have tantrums and like to protest.  A trip to the store may be impossible.  A play date may not be an option. 

What have you found to be the most beneficial part of therapy? What has been your child’s biggest achievement?

Learning through play has helped tremendously. Miss Crysten, our SLP, uses every possible way to help Ben to succeed. Now, he asks questions. He is able to have eye contact. He can express his needs and hold a conversation.  His social and communication skills are blooming. 

What message would you like to share with other families considering speech-language therapy?

Start early. Do not listen to people who say that some children just talk later.  A visit to the Speech Therapist should be on top of the list if you suspect any delay.  

Is there anything else you’d like to add about your experience with Galvin Therapy?

At Galvin Therapy a child can also have other therapies such as OT, PT, or ABA, and all therapists work closely to help a child to succeed. 

I would like to thank all the team that throughout the years has been working with Ben. We are fortunate to have you in our lives. 

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