Lately the sweet girl has been getting the most phenomenal speech therapy through a clinic at a local college. The key to the therapy is that the speech language pathologist who is supervising the student clinician is brilliant, with years of experience dealing with kids who have troubles with language pragmatics, aka social skills or conversational skills.
Sweet M's recent burst of conversational fluency tracks directly to the beginning of this intervention, which started in late January with the beginning of the Winter/Spring semester. I have loved the couple of occasions when I've watch the therapy sessions on CCTV — to see what they do and copy it at home.
This got me thinking about all the things that have worked, or have at least helped, in our adventures at Autism's Edges. This is a partial list . . .
- reading intervention with learning specialist
- excellent psycho-pharmacology
- the support of friends and family
- field trips
- reading narratives (books and blogs) from other parents and from adults on the spectrum
- excellent behavioral one-on-one at school for two years
- an equine therapy summer camp
- making art, always