As noted with question 2, the earlier the disorder is addressed the sooner the disorder will be remediated. Often once completed with speech therapy, the child is successful in school and all other aspects of life. Speech/language disorders are not a determining factor for the continued need of specialized services as the child grows. However, if the speech/language disorder is present due to another issue (e.g., autism, learning disabilities) further specialized services should be sought and provided. Essentially the speech/language disorder is present secondary to another primary disorder. The speech/language disorder is a symptom of another prevailing disorder. As specialists at Autumn Oak we will continuously monitor the progress and behaviors presented by the individual receiving speech/language therapy. If other conditions are suspected, it is our responsibility to inform patients, parents and/or family of our concerns. We will also provide appropriate referrals and a plan of care to address the new concerns.