How Does Oral Motor Issues Affect Speech in Children with Autism?

Autism-friendly speech therapy is crucial to induce speech in children with autism, especially for those who also present symptoms of oral motor issues.

Errors in speech are commonplace since speech production is a complex activity. Young children who are still acquiring mastery of speech and language can make many speech errors. For example, they sometimes speak with assimilation (i.e. consonant harmony), making the beginning and ending consonants the same sound (e.g. if a child says ‘beb’ for ‘bed’ or ‘lellow’ for ‘yellow’). Children with autism also make errors in speech. However, over time, they might not be self-correcting as this is usually the case in typically developing children.

Even though there are findings to suggest