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Understanding Apraxia and Non-Speaking Autism (S7E07)

Episode Summary

In this conversation, Rob Gorski speaks with Samantha Fox, a speech language pathologist and founder of Beyond Speech Therapy Center. They discuss non-speaking autism and the challenges related to communication. Samantha shares her journey into speech pathology and how she discovered the importance of motor control in communication. They delve into the concept of apraxia and when parents should be concerned about their non-speaking child.

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Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family’s journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.

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Guest Expert:

Samantha Fox, MA, CCC-SLP, S2C Practitioner

Samantha is a Kent State University alumnus with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She’s dedicated her career to working with non-speaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals on the autism spectrum. As a registered Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Practitioner, she pioneers in tailoring therapy to each individual’s needs. Samantha founded Beyond Speech Therapy Center in Munroe Falls, Ohio, envisioning a practice that wholeheartedly presumes competence in all patients, irrespective of their diagnosis or test scores.

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  • Motor control plays a crucial role in communication for non-speaking individuals with autism.
  • Apraxia is a disconnect between the brain and the body, resulting in difficulty in coordinating speech movements.
  • Parents should seek early intervention and consult with speech therapists to determine the best approach for their non-speaking child.
  • Presuming competence is essential in supporting non-speaking individuals and recognizing their capabilities beyond their outward appearance.

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