SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech Language Therapy includes the assessment and treatment of speech/sound production, language development and social communication.
The Speech Language Pathologist plays an important role in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Communication difficulties are a central feature of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These difficulties include disorders of expressive and receptive language, oral motor function and social communication. Some children with ASD have limited verbal language or are nonverbal and may benefit from augmentative or alternative communication.
There are a variety of strategies and techniques that can be used to improve the communication skills of children with Autism. However the importance of structure, predictability, visual supports and the support and understanding of the adults who work and interact with the child are the benchmarks of a successful intervention program.
Kim Thorman, M.Sc., CCC-SLP, S-LP (C)
Kim Thorman has practiced as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for over 25 years. Kim worked as an SLP in public and private schools in the United States and Canada treating children with a variety of speech, language and developmental disorders. It was during this time that Kim began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
In the GTA Kim has worked as a private SLP and is a consultant at the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto. Kim has experience and training in a variety of techniques and strategies related to teaching communication skills to individuals with ASD. She also provides workshops and training to help teachers and parents understand Autism and how to help children with Autism interact and communicate.
Kimís passion is working with children with ASD and their families. She believes in treating the whole child and the importance of working closely with family, teachers and other professionals. That is why she believes strongly in the multidisciplinary approach of Teach to Learn Autism Treatment Centre.