Thoughts on Prognosis From a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

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By: Jordan S. Sadler, MS, CCC-SLP

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Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes ask, “What is my child’s prognosis?” and that is understandable. As a parent, it is likely that I’d be asking it myself. However, it may be as difficult for therapists to answer as it is for parents to ask. For one thing, what do parents mean by “prognosis”? Does it simply mean, “What will the outcome be for my child after all this therapy? What will his future look like?” Or is it a way of asking, “How close to typical do you think my child will become? Will he eventually blend in with his peers more?”

I always ask families to bear in mind just how broad the range of “typical” really is; it’s a moving target. Is your typical the same as my typical? Is “quirky” as okay with you as it is

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One Response to Thoughts on Prognosis From a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

  1. Kids Games for Speech Therapy says:

    Thank You for this – your points to predict success are applicable to many SLT client groups as well as autism. It is impossible to underestimate parental support and a great therapy team with the child at the centre.