Communication

A FEW Characteristics:
  • Verbal rituals and conversation rituals include:
    • Using same behavior to gain attention
    • Repeating the last word
    • Saying the same phrase or sentence repeatedly
    • Talking about the same topic repeatedly
  • In conversations, students on the spectrum struggle with considering the following:
    • Who is talking
    • What is said
    • How it is said
    • How the words related to what is happening, and
    • How the words relate to what we know
  • More likely to communicate for needs instead of pleasure
  • High language does not mean high communication
  • Students on the spectrum make associations between what they hear and what they see in the environment.
  • Ranges from a total lack of speech to developing language
  • Lack of non-verbal communication
  • Impaired ability to initiate and maintain interaction
  • Struggle to understand HOW to communicate
  • Lack joint attention
  • Poor generalization, very literal

Tips and Strategies
  • WAIT TIME NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENT AND EXTENDED
  • Consistent and concise vocabulary among all conversation partners
  • Types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) include:
  • Pictures, Big Mac Talkers, Dynavox, Ipads
  • STUDENTS MUST HAVE A WAY TO COMMUNICATE
  • Key ring flash card for visuals with conversation starters
  • Consistent and concise vocabulary among all partners
  • SCHEDULES
  • VISUALS
  • TAKE HOME JOURNALS

Links*:

  Autism Society


  Visual Strategies


  Communication in Autism



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