We treat speech-language problems


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication. Autism is different for every individual who is diagnosed and can range from mild to severe.

The child or individual with ASD demonstrates significant social skill deficits. Indicators include poor eye contact, poor play skills, problems making friends, obsession with specific topics/objects of interest, inappropriate emotional displays, and a dislike of being touched or held.

Communication indicators of ASD include lack of speech or limited speech, difficulty expressing basic wants and needs, poor vocabulary development and repetition of what is said (echolalia). The speech of a child with ASD may sound robotic or high-pitched. Facial affect is typically flat; the individual with ASD typically does not change facial expression to let his/her communication partner know how he/she is feeling. The individual with ASD experiences significant difficulty taking the perspective of others and may be perceived as uncaring or inappropriate in his/her interactions.

The individual with ASD experiences difficulty dealing with the world around them. Changes in routine are highly problematic. Self-stimulating movements such as rocking or hand flapping may be evident. The individual may develop unusual attachments to objects or use objects in unusual ways. They may eat only select foods or refuse certain food textures. Sleep problems are common, as are sensory integration issues (being either very sensitive or not sensitive enough to touch, light or sound).

In rare forms of ASD children may develop language and then regress, losing words they were previously able to say. In contrast, individuals who exhibit high functioning autism, or Asperger Syndrome, demonstrate specific social skills deficits but have average to above average intelligence. The child or teenager diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome will typically do well in academic subjects, yet struggle to make and maintain friendships. They may not be able to stay on topic or know what to say to make conversation or how to keep a conversation going. Individuals with social language issues may not say the right thing and typically interpret language and situations literally.

If your child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the professionals at C.C.I.C., Inc. can help.

Call our main office central intake number to schedule an appointment. 513-771-7655