- Autism & Developmental Services
By: Sarah McLaughlin, M.A.
Using gestures or language can be challenging for many children with developmental delays, language delays or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is important to remember that with help and understanding, your child can develop communication skills.
Children can often find it hard to relate and communicate with others especially when it is difficult for them to understand language or use language. Many children will learn unconventional ways to communicate such as using made-up words, repeating words or using them in the wrong context, pushing or pulling caregivers to what they want or using undesirable behaviors to access what they want.
It is important to remember to help your child communicate and meet them at their skill level now, not where you want them to be. The more successful your child feels when learning new ways to communicate, the more often they will begin to use these new skills.
It is important to remember that your child must be motivated to have the item. Be patient and consistent in your strategies. Don’t make your child request every item that they want every day, give some things for “free” too. And remember to have fun!
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