Video: Integrated Listening Systems - 'Maggie' case study


Presenting Problem:
Autism Spectrum Disorder with Pragmatic Language Deficits, Auditory Processing Weaknesses, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Gross/Fine Motor Skill Delays.

Therapeutic Goals:
Goals of therapy focused on decreasing echolalia in conversation and improving the following: eye contact during conversation, initiations and engagement, auditory processing skills, pretend play, phonological awareness, verbal sequencing and expression, body balance and core strength, motor planning and sequencing skills, categorization skills, spatial orientation skills, localization of tactile stimulation, constructional praxis, bilateral coordination skills, praxis on verbal command and design copying to within normal limits as compared to peers.

Client was two years, eleven months at the time of initial testing (May 2008). She was referred by her pediatrician due to her diagnosis of autism with the following areas of concern: echolalia, poor language skills, fine and gross motor skill delays, delayed self-care skills, visual perceptual deficits, sensory integration dysfunction, auditory processing weaknesses and oral dysphagia.

At time of the initial evaluation, client presented with severe deficits with social-emotional engagement, ignoring communication attempts by others and closing circles of communication with avoidance and by increasing physical distance from others.

Socially/emotionally, the client was easily overwhelmed, was frustrated by daily activities, did not transition smoothly from one activity to another, lacked confidence with new environments and new tasks, lacked independence, was “needy,” had low self-esteem, and was impulsive. She had poor short term memory, could not sequence tasks, and often failed to begin or to complete tasks or projects unless assistance was provided. The client had difficulty finding clothes and getting dressed in the morning and preferred to avoid planning due to difficulty with tasks.

iLs Program Used (program name, frequency, length, etc.):
Focus Sensory-Motor program sessions 1-60 at a frequency of three sessions per week for a period of five months. Two sessions per week were conducted in the clinic and were paired with Occupational and Physical Therapy; the third session each week was conducted in the home environment by the client’s mother utilizing the PlayBook activities and a home program developed by Occupational and Physical Therapy.

Beginning with Session 52 of the Sensory-Motor protocol, Speech-Language Therapy was introduced. During this portion of the program, Speech Therapy (SLP) completed two songs per session while having the client participate in traditional speech-language activities, working on social skills, expressive/receptive language tasks, and articulation skills. Thirty minutes of the sessions focused on utilizing the iLs Expressive Language Kit (Actives/Expressive Phase).

Other Interventions Used:
Occupational, physical, and speech therapy combined with home activity programs utilizing the iLs Focus unit.

Conclusions and Recommendations:
This client is functioning socially in a regular classroom without support and evidences no symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder. Although, she continues to be monitored every 3-6 months by Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy, no additional therapy has been recommended at this time.

Letter reversals and mild weaknesses in core strength have been reported and will continue to be monitored. However, this client has progressed from being a child with severely impaired communication and social skills to functioning at a typical peer level.

Although this client made gains with traditional therapy, the therapists and parents will concur that the iLs program was key in accelerating progress, promoting self-confidence, addressing auditory processing weaknesses more efficiently and effectively, promoting increased body awareness, and facilitating improvements in pragmatic language skills. The statistical data provided in the test results indicate just a portion of this child’s iLs successes.

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