The author believes that children with autism can be taught to understand what is happening around them socially.
This is a forum report in which the author states that speech therapists who work with children with autism must learn to imagine and respect what the child is thinking and feeling. The speech therapist should also be guided by the family vision of what testing and therapy should look like. In response, the family should actively work with the child on the treatment. The speech therapist should also work within a team to create a shared approach to treatment and to schooling. The author suggests that augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) be used within the speech therapy program.