Nonverbal Communication Tips For Special Needs Kids
Many parents bring their child to see a speech therapist because their child is not yet talking. But what many parents don’t realize is that just because their child is not talking that doesn’t mean their child is not communicating.
Ways Your Child May Communicate Without Words
Just like adults children communicate with words, but also with facial expressions, gestures—things that we don’t necessarily realize is communication. It’s really important to take the time to observe your child to pick up on these other ways that they are communicating.
Give Your Child Time
It’s also important to give your child the time to communicate. It’s helpful to wait and give them the time to respond if you ask them a question. If you’re playing a game give them plenty of time to take their turn. Give them time to communicate with you. Listen to those little cues that they may be communicating, like a sound, a word, pointing, or a gesture.
Pay close attention to your child and you’ll pick up on those important pieces of nonverbal communication!
If you have any questions about this or would like to consult with a speech therapist, give us a call.