Communication is crucial for learning, socializing, and behavior formation. However, it is also among the most affected areas of development in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
As healthcare training professionals working to improve the quality of life of children with ASD through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we say supporting them begins with understanding that they have a different way of communicating. Using language differently, using non-verbal communication, and communicating through behavior are some of these.
With these in mind, here are effective ways we employ at our learning institute at EDS Learning Institute you can use today. Take a look below.
- Encourage play and social interactions
Setting up play dates and ensuring that a child with ASD has ample opportunities for social interaction with their peers removes the pressure of communicating verbally, allowing them to learn at their own pace.
- Build on mimicry and imitation skills
Mimicry and imitation are among the natural ways a child with ASD will communicate. Build on these by speaking with them more and engaging only in positive behaviors.
- Be mindful of non-verbal communication
A child with ASD is more likely to through body movement or sound. Thus, it helps to pick up cues readily and respond promptly. This validates their way of communication.
Looking to learn more of these strategies, sharpen your skills, and further your career? We offer cutting-edge ABA training for healthcare professionals, social workers, shadow teachers, consultants, early interventionists, and specialists like you. Enroll with us today.