Speech Therapy for Autism in Markham & Toronto - GTA

At AIM, Speech-Language Pathology services may include the prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language, social communication, voice, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Services are provided by our Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)and Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA).  

Serving clients as young as infants, speech-language pathology intervention can address:  

  • Speech Sound Disorders and Delays 

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech &other Motor Speech Disorders 

  • Receptive & Expressive Language 

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) 

  • Literacy (Reading & Writing) 

  • Social Communication  

  • Emotional Regulation 

  • Feeding  

  • Swallowing 

  • Cleft lip and Palate  

  • Fluency(Stuttering & Cluttering) 

  • Vocal Health 

Our team has worked with the following unique populations, including individuals with autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Sensory ProcessingDisorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Neurofibromatosis, Seizure Disorder, Asymmetrical Crying Facies, and others. 

Assessment & Therapy for Children with Autism 

If you have any concerns about your child's speech, language, social communication, voice, fluency, or swallowing, our Speech-Language Pathologist can do an assessment to determine if intervention is recommended. Assessments will usually involve parent reports, observation, interaction, play, and occasionally formal assessment administration if appropriate. Depending on your child's needs, recommended intervention may vary in frequency (1-2 times per week), duration (30-60 minutes), or administration (parent training vs. direct training). Intervention may be completed by our Communicative Disorders Assistant.  

Our Speech-Language Pathologist is professionally trained in vocal music instruction and performance. Given the interactive, calming, and communicative benefits of music, our SLP integrates music into many intervention sessions.

Early intervention is known to be crucial for children with communicative difficulties. Although some children may grow out of language delays, many children, especially those with Autism, will not progress as quickly, or at all, without intervention. Addressing concerns early will support a child’s emotional, social, academic, and personal growth to prepare for a fulfilling and independent future. Rather than the ‘wait and see’ method, we recommend early intervention to prevent any further difficulty, address concerns, and set a child up for success in the future.

How We Help 

Our team will advocate for your child's needs and ensure that they have the opportunity to communicate their messages, whether verbal, through Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), sign, via gesture, or a combination of strategies. Our team works closely with other professionals to ensure collaborative care and help your child to achieve their goals.

The benefits of speech-language pathology intervention are far-reaching. Not only does the child benefit from their personalized treatment plan, but they are also enriched by their relationship with their clinician. Given the nature of Autism, some clients may continue to benefit from services for a prolonged period of time. This continued duration of therapy provides a unique opportunity for a clinician and client to build a meaningful relationship based on trust, mutual respect, and fun. When a client is motivated and trusts their clinician, we will see faster progress and meaningful changes.

Speech-Language Pathology Services are covered by most extended health care plans. Please check your individual plan coverage for details.  

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