Christian's Speech Therapy Session with Christine Lenahan
Lack of communication is one of the warning signs of autism. In this clip, Christian is shown during a one on one speech therapy session with Christine Lenahan, a Speech Language Pathologist at his School. Ms. Lenehan explains how helping Christian communicate involves teaching him to use gestures, signs and eye contact as well as eye speech to express his need and wants. She compares Christian's development to that of his typically developing peers, who are shown using short phrases, eye contact and gestures, such as pointing, to communicate during a typical school day.
"The very basic language communication skills for him, he doesn't have that yet. But he's developing it. He's doing very well. "
— Christine Lenahan, Speech Language Pathologist