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Could a child with Autism who lost her words at three and a

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Could a child with Autism who lost her words at three and a half years old ever get her words back again or ever be able to talk again.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 5 years ago.
Hello and Thank You for consulting Just Answer. How long has she had speech therapy? Have you noticed any improvements?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No improvement at all
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 5 years ago.
It all depends on the severity of the autism. Many children do learn to speak with early intervention and speech therapists. They may start with gestured speaking along with picture cards and then attempt verbal communication. Constant evaluations will be needed to see how the child is progressing. One child differs from next. It is possible for your child to speak. If you are talking about an adult child, intervention still is the key. Nonetheless, you may need to try a variety of speech therapists using a variety of techniques until one starts making progress with your child. Behavior modification may need to be implemented as well focusing on the positive. However since autism is a spectrum disorder, the child may fall on the other end of the spectrum and may never speak but rather make some grunting sounds. Therefore, it is difficult to give you a yes or no straight answer. Time will be the best predictor.
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