Monday, April 06, 2009

Are You Aware? VI

Here's one off the beaten path: what about communication? One of the greatest hurdles for kids with ASD is effective and functional communication skills. Finding alternatives to speaking can be a great thing, especially to lower frustration and increase communication. Keep in mind that the goal is often not perfect speech or even language, but communication.

We found sign language to be a great support for Joey. He was better able to process both receptive and expressive language with the signs as visual and kinetic cues. Although he doesn't do a lot of signing himself, often using signs (especially in chaotic environments) really helps keep Joey focused and communicating!

Want a quick, painless way to pick up some functional signs? We recommend Signing Time!

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