TRAINING REPORT ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

On the 22nd of April, Patrick Speech and Languages Centre in partnership with Pure Souls Learning Foundation held a one-day training on Communication Skills as part of a series of monthly trainings on Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Related Developmental Disorders.

The 2-hour training started with Mrs. Aanu Senbanjo who said the opening prayer and introduced the facilitator for the training, Mrs. Eniola Lahanmi, a trained Speech and Language Therapist (SLT).

The SLT, Mrs. Eniola Lahanmi started by introducing what autism is, and explained the importance of communication to both verbal and non-verbal children. She also talked about language and speech development milestones expected from children from 6 months, and how some of these milestones are not met by children on the spectrum.

Eniola explained that in order to build communication skill in a child with autism, there is need for intervention, which can be carried out by a Speech and Language Therapist or a trained parent. She encouraged parents to be trained, as it is important for them to work with their child, even with a speech therapist.

At the end of the training, she gave the participants different strategies for improving language in children with autism, whether verbal or non-verbal.

The programme was brought to a close at 1pm with a total of 19 participants.