Some children, and adults as well, gather strength in private alone time. Solitude can feel good to these individuals, so they seek it. But this can lead parents, especially those that feel a personal need to be socially active, into the throngs of concern, “My kids do not want to socialize. They are happy being alone. Should I force socialization?” We understand that a child’s desire for aloneness can present real concerns for parents, but rather than forcing socialization (which does not work), here are some key points to consider:
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When an autistic person does not speak, it is known as nonspeaking autism. Nonspeaking is not a diagnosis. It is the terminology used to describe individuals that communicate through modalities other than spoken words.
Apraxia, echolalia, and autism are highly comorbid – if your child is diagnosed with one, they should be evaluated for the others, because they frequently occur together.
In this webinar from the RDIconnect online learning community, Kat Lee interviews RDI® Program Certified Consultant Blair Armstrong on communication in the home. They discuss the differences between imperative and declarative communication, why parent training is so important in the RDI® program, and what myths about autism and communication are being perpetuated in the autism community.
Being asked questions is perceived as a demand by many children. In fact, questions or demands actually raise blood pressure in the child, putting them on the defensive! Use declarative language instead!
Your role is to not “cure” the child of autism but to improve communication which bolsters the autistic child’s growth and development and therefore helps to set and strengthen a foundation that encourages independent living.
As a parent, we experience much joy when our autistic child gains the ability to answer static questions, but what does it look like for our child to communicate in a much deeper sense, and how do we help them improve?
Recommendations for developing mindful, experience-sharing communicationChanging the approach to the way you interact with your child can make all the difference in his or her mental...
In the RDI program, our focus is not on language when we talk about speech therapy, it is about RDI lifestyle and daily life opportunities, simple life activities that promote mutual communication.
By practicing consistent directive methods, you can master communication challenges, even if your child with ASD is non-verbal.
Help your child with autism build positive peer interactions!
Here are some questions to ask yourself about your child’s use of eye contact.
Mindfully using declarative language for better communication!
What are they really trying to tell you when they say “no”?
Declarative communication can be verbal or non verbal. It is the opposite of imperative communication, which demands answers to questions.
With declarative communication a response is neither expected nor required. It’s okay if your child doesn’t respond to your declarative statement. For example: if you stated “These oranges are sweet.”, we would not expect a reciprocal statement.
Learning to listen to your special needs child.
A veteran RDI mom gives some tips on communication.
Can you imagine wanting to say something and not being able to say it?
Co regulation is the simplest form or the prototype of communication.
Shifting the focus of communication, gave this mother back her relationship with her son.
Sometimes the word “no”, does not mean what you think.
Non-verbal communication is part of the RDI story.
What are they really thinking when they yell “NO”?
So many objectives can be targeted during snow shoveling, both parent and child objectives.
Often parents do most of the “work” in keeping the social exchange going.
Children with ASD do not need language models that lead to the development of instrumental…
What I have seen these children overcome speaks volumes…
Reciprocal communication impacts a person’s ability to think, remember and relate.
RDI is life altering and not just for children with autism and their families.
When we care for people with brain injuries…