Drawing pictures. Using descriptive words. Writing sentences down. These visually oriented techniques can help you communicate with kids with autism. Because children on the spectrum tend to think in visual terms, it’s helpful to present them with pictures, or even words that evoke mental images.
A new post on the SpeechBuddies blog details these and more tips for getting kids talking. Strategies include:
- Use short sentences. Keep your language simple.
- Allow time for processing. Try counting to six after you speak.
- Figure out what the child wants or needs. Once you know a child’s wish, you hold the key to inspire and motivate him to ask you for what he wants.