Communication and Language

Communication and Language instruction is a major focus at Center for Autism and embedded in all instructional activities.

Individual and group speech and language therapy, using evidence-based practices, is provided by speech/language pathologists licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (BASLP) as determined by each student’s IEP.  Evidence-based practices include, but are not limited to picture exchange systems for communication, visual supports, social thinking, modeling, functional communication training, video self-modeling, social stories, and reverse mainstreaming.

Speech assessment and therapy addresses all areas of communication development including articulation, voice, fluency, literacy, and language.

Speech Therapists use and provide support for a wide range of communication systems including various picture systems and speech generating devices as determined by each student’s IEP.

Speech Therapists collaborate frequently with instructional staff. All staff are trained to use effective strategies to support student communication throughout the school day.

Emphasis is placed on the development of individual communication systems that can be used consistently across home, school, and community environments.