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How does speech pathology help children with autism?

A speech pathologist when your child first comes in, they will do an assessment to determine if they are having difficulties in the area of speech, receptive and expressive language, or pragmatics. After you do an assessment, you write goals for your child. In my practice, I will see the kids for one-on-one speech but I also see them in a group. And I find that really important with the children I see with autism particularly because different things come up in a group than happen in one-to-one setting. So we might be practicing how to answer questions in one-to-one, but then you see when they are with their peers, they are not able to do that. So I think it´s really important to have both individual and group speech therapy to work on the pragmatics of speech.

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Sarah Clifford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Cilfford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. She works exclusively with children, primarily between the ages of 12 months to eight years.

Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, as well as the co-founder (together with autism advocate Jenny McCarthy) of Teach2Talk, LLC, a producer of quality educational products including video–modeling DVDs that teach children a variety of skills including appropriate behavior, social skills, play and language. 

She is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program for autism located at a major public research university located in Los Angeles, California, where Sarah has provided therapy to hundreds of children with autism spectrum disorders and conducted research into various treatment modalities. 

Sarah is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, and her research focuses on teaching play, social skills and language to children through video modeling.

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