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I believe that all children want to connect and communicate, and it’s our job to guide them there!

Children with a diagnosis of Autism often miss out on early social-communication milestones due to their unique learning style and different sensory needs. It can be challenging (to be put lightly!) to teach your Autistic child new words and concepts. It may feel like your child is on a completely different wavelength.

However, Autistic children can understand much more than we think! And, these children don’t need to be ‘fixed’… but they do need to be helped and supported.

Imagine a child is a tree and there are many branches on that tree. There is a branch for learning new concepts, a branch for growing physical abilities, a branch for socializing with peers, a branch for healthy eating… etc. If your child is Autistic, then there are some extra branches, which may include sensory, attentional, language and social components.

But the trunk of the tree is the most important; and this is where I like to start. This is the guiding relationship.

As my mother would say, this is like ‘meeting your child halfway’. But it is more than that. It is building a relationship on the foundation of trust while not compromising that the parents are more knowledgeable than the child.

It is a promise. “I promise that I will respond to your needs and respect you. In return, I will set safe boundaries to guide your growth.”

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

I see that your child’s potential and room for growth is endless. I look forward to working with you!

Licensed in: Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), and Hanen More than Words. With experience in the Play Project, DIR Floortime, The SonRise Program, and ABA Therapy (past).

Lauren Conley, M.A. CCC-SLP

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, and licensed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California.