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Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy for children and young people with autism and/or learning disabilities

Published December 2016

Download the full evidence summary: SALT & OT

What were we asked?

We were asked whether there was any evidence that Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy are effective treatments for children and young people with autism and/or learning disabilities.

Key findings taken from the evidence review:

  • Speech & Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists provide individualised therapy using a range of different tools and techniques alongside advice and support for families.
  • The broad range of interventions therapists use make it impossible to appraise the effectiveness of either of these therapies as a whole.
  • NICE guidance is the best source for recommendations on the management of autism with reference to speech & language and occupational therapies.
Note: This information is produced by PenCRU researchers and reviewed by external experts. The views expressed are those of PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies.