Developing Communication Skills for Verbal and Non-Verbal Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
This workshop provides an introduction to the communication abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The following topics are discussed: What does communication mean for a child with ASD? How do visual aids and supports help a child understand spoken language and move from activity to activity? What are oral motor difficulties and how do they affect a child’s ability to talk? If a child cannot talk, what systems should be introduced, (e.g. Picture Exchange System (PECS))? If a child does talk, how can you improve these skills? How may you set up situations to encourage a child to be more communicative and interested in other people?