Connecting with a Nonverbal Child

Understanding your nonverbal child

If you utilize these initiatives when attempting to speak to your nonverbal child, according to researchers, even after a child turns four, they may be able to develop language after being nonverbal for a lengthened period of time. This specific research was used to develop the aforementioned strategies.

Now, families, teachers, and numerous others in the lives of nonverbal children and teenagers are able to promote language development using these strategies.

While use of these methods has provided significant positive feedback, remember that each person with autism is completely unique. So, if you have an alternative strategy that you think is doing better, keep doing it! While these have been proven to work for many, they may not work for your loved ones. However, give them a try! You may, like many, be absolutely amazed by the results you experience.

Also remember that every person with autism spectrum disorder is capable of learning to communicate, but that does not necessarily mean it is via spoken language as we might expect.

Always be proud of those in your life with autism spectrum disorder, and keep in mind that nonverbal individuals can live fulfilling lives and contribute in massive ways via visual supports and assistive technologies; verbal communication is important, but it is not everything.