This section provides personal accounts of speech and language therapy for people on the autism spectrum.
Personal accounts can be useful sources of information about the intervention but are not as scientifically valid or reliable as research trials. This may be especially true where the accounts are published by an organisation which might gain a financial advantage from the take-up of the intervention.
Please note that the views expressed in these personal accounts do not necessarily represent the views of Research Autism.
According to Pannone (2008), a parental survey conducted by the Interactive Autism Network reported
"Parents are hopeful at the outset, with 90% expecting at least a moderate level of improvement in their child’s communication and social interaction. Similarly, 90% report definite improvement in their child’s skills. Of all parents rating their child's progress due to speech and language therapy, 42% reported a high or very high level of improvement. This compares to only 30% of parents reporting a high or very high level of improvement for all other current treatments being used by IAN families."