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Speak the Language of a Autistic Child

Date: April 11, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

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This month I will direct all my blogs in honor of Autism Awareness month.  Through the years, I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful families who I have been challenged with children with Autism.

Presently, I am working with a young child with Autism who is nonverbal.  This can be a struggle because at times, he becomes frustrated and can be aggressive.  He is able to use his communicate book and approximate some signs however, this doesn’t always help.

18475128_sThere are a lot of misconceptions that children with Autism don’t communicate but this is false.  Just because a child is not speaking does not mean they don’t communicate.  Watching a child’s body movements can tell you a lot about a child.  It is extremely frustrating for a child to not communicate.

I always give parents the example you were given creamed corn to eat and you hate it and your favorite chocolate cake is on the top shelf but you cant verbally communicate.

So what do you do to get that chocolate cake you wave your arms, may kick, hit and bite to get that cake.  You use any body movements and sometimes aggressive behaviors to get what you want.  Its not that you are trying to hurt someone on purpose but without a voice you will do whatever you need to do to get that person’s attention.

 

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