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1. Let the speech therapist ascertain the speech and language abilities of the individual.  Individuals with ASD may not have the language to tell you what is wrong.  Individuals with ODD may have the language skills but are driven by “the need to control”.

2. Remember "Keep it Simple Sweetheart" K.I.S.S language is simple and straight forward.

Getting your Speech Therapist to assess and working together with you to work on their social and communication skills. At Leap Forward Therapy our social and communication skills program are specially tailored to work on those “Rock brain moments”.

3. Have your Speech Therapist work on words gestures,  or even using a feeling chart to communicate their feeling when words fail them. Quip them for their own internal battles.

A child with autism can be easily annoyed and lose his or her temper possibly secondary to sensory overload, but they are not usually resentful or vindictive.  Individuals with ODD  with their outbursts and defiance of ODD are more purposeful and manipulative.

4. Work with your Speech and Care Team to identify the triggers or using the words to appropriately request to meet their needs.

Very often a child or individual with ASD is likely to have sensory regulation issues, triggered by either an unpleasant environment or in the case of the child with ODD, feeling that he or she must not give in and must defend his or her autonomy.  For which giving a finite number of choices (dictated by yourself of course) to achieve than win-win situation.

5. Helping parents and caregivers to use specific language to better interact with their child  (i.e., I like how you....instead of "thats good" so it becomes a teachable moment.


6. Creating social stories to develop an understanding about expectations in certain social situations.


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