Teaching Language: Working with Non Verbal Individuals

A common symptom of autism is a lack of verbal communication. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to help non-verbal children improve their speech and language skills.

This video discusses various treatments and tools that can be used to treat non-verbal children.

Teaching Language: Working with Non Verbal Individuals
By: Autism Live
Initial Air Date: May 19, 2014
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • If your child is non-verbal, the priority is achieving functional communication with them.
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is one way to communicate with non-verbal children. 
  • Apps such as TouchChat and Proloquo can be used on devices such as tablets to facilitate communication.
  • Parents can help teach words by saying whatever word their child is using their communication tool to indicate.
  • Opting to use communication tools does not mean that your child will always be non-verbal; in fact, studies show that these devices often increase a child’s language skills.
  • Stimulus-stimulus pairing finds something that the child really enjoys and pairing it with speech or sounds in order to reinforce speech development.

There are many different tools and devices that can help your child improve their language skills. Take a look through our marketplace to find the product that is right for you and your child.

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