@sanjub22: I am really humbled with your self-confidence! Yes - the day we can stop "Labeling" our children and forget scores/ratings, we would probably be giving them more self-respect that they fundamentally deserve as human being, think unbiased what they can (probably excel) and cannot (need support), and adopt right plans ahead.
With great humility, I would just like to quote three inspiring statements for parents by legendary women Merry Barua who first brought the term "autism" in INDIA and founded Action for Autism (AFA) - India's first (1991) and till date premier-most Autism Intervention Center. She is the one who fought endlessly to let Govt. sign "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016" to include ASD:
@ABB2018 €" I have heard Kuntal Sarkar is a good SLP. You can take periodic appointment of Mr. Somnath Mukherjee (Head of Speech Plus) to review the strategies and discuss improvement possibilities. However, if you come to reality: Speech/Language progress is step pattern with interim plateau (no progress-zone). During plateau, few abruptly lose speech (regression) and rest somehow hold it. Regression mostly seen in seizure while others come out by 3-4 months. In autism, higher degree of functional speech may take at least 6-7 years age. Interestingly par books, language development continues till 12 years whereas brain development (80-90%) is mostly over by 7-8 years! So, there is no fear of loosing time on speech! There are examples where autistic kids with echolalia and language delay have been successfully mastered multiple languages after 10-12 years age.
Do not expect much from a SLP! They can only teach vocabularies and speak in defined patterns. You can not teach everything to kid in that way. Internal brain functions and cognitive development is must. That will happen with ages (sometimes expedite by adjacent medicine supplement) when you will be suddenly surprised. You need to keep a track what Kid is saying from "SLP Learnings" and "Self-Learnings (That was not explicitly taught)". However, it needs immense amount of speech stimulation whether by yourself or running commentary on audio player. Mobile and Video are regressive factors. Language is never developed if you ask the kid to forcefully repeat same thing repeatedly or show same cards in same order every day. It creates rote memory to them towards "Parrots".
Following things are good:
Turning taking and Joint attention games
Talk/Narrate while doing ADL (Activities of Daily Routines)
Talk when on Linear Swing - Vestibular Input to Speech Nerves
Talk/Story just before Sleep or any Relaxing time (travelling, evening walk). Narrate what happened whole day or where you going. Do not ask question or ask to repeat answers
Blocking kid's needs/greed and indirectly force to talk/comunicate
Fill in the Blanks in Songs/Rhymes
Watch Picture Books together - Narrate Events (No Question)
Teach YES/NO and Picture Option based Q&A. Allow kid to differentiate options and making choices on natural environment
Understand/Match Concept of Cause & Effect, First & Then, Why & Because
Able to say NO or MORE or HELP ME or LEAVE ME/GIVE BREAK or HAPPY/SAD conceptually (Initially Picture and then create situations)
Play Game: Kid will say something and you will draw it in paper or show its image in mobile (Google Image)
Auditory Memory Games (e.g. how N objects and hide with a wrapper. Ask kid to name one by one and show it to him if correct else give hints verbally or draw picture)
Leveraging One-Step/Two-Step/Three-Step Instructions for household activities. When you see Kid is able to follow a simple verbal instruction, change words (but keyword should remain same) or slowly elongate the instruction with adjectives etc. to create comprehension skills
Always tell big-picture (what is it - station or market or beach etc) than each elements of that big-picture in natural environment
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