If you know or care for someone with autism, you’ll understand how difficult it can sometimes be to communicate with them. Autism presents itself across a spectrum of severity and so communication skills differ between individuals. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to successful communication with an autistic individual, but there are general autism communication tools that you might find helpful. You can learn more about the different types of autism in our blog post. The word ‘autism’ comes from the Greek word ‘auto’, meaning ‘self’. By nature, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be self-absorbed, which limits their communication and social skills. This can include anything from struggling with empathy to difficulties developing language skills. This is why you may have a non-verbal child if they have ASD. Some individuals with ASD may have very advanced vocabularies and knowledge of specific subjects, while others may have trouble understanding tones, body language, and word meanings. This is why it’s important for autism communication strategies to be used to help those with ASD build their confidence and adopt a new set of skills in their own time, with a little encouragement from you.
As you develop autism communication strategies, you might find even more ways to integrate these autism communication tools in creative ways, tailored to the individual with whom you are working. You can explore our sensory solutions for communication skills, social interaction, and speech and language development here.
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