You have a child with autism and you want to help them better communicate? You are in the right place! In fact, we are going to give you some advice in this article that will allow you to understand how you can do it!
Have visual aids to help improve your child’s communication
You may know this, but generally, children with autism can have communication problems. They can’t express themselves the way they want to. As a parent, you can help them feel better. However, you must take into account that your child will easily develop ways to make himself understood. Also, you must take into account that if your child is unable to express his or her wishes, he or she can easily have a crisis.
Note also that communication problems go both ways: your child may have difficulty understanding your requests. So, you’ll really need to adapt your language to make sure your child can understand you.
If you want to help your child communicate better, it is important to use visual aids. An autistic child can communicate perfectly well with pictures.
Why is that? Simply because it makes communication concrete for them. You can therefore help them express themselves better and understand the world around them better. Nevertheless, it is wise to use these images correctly.
How do you use visual aid?
The first piece of advice we can give you is simply to follow your child’s rhythm. You should not go faster than the music with him, otherwise he will have difficulty communicating. In addition, when you integrate a visual support, you must do it gradually so that he can integrate this system to his communication.
Once your child starts to learn the different drawings, it is perfectly possible to encourage him to show the pictogram he wants to talk about. This will simply allow you to communicate with your child to avoid crises. Of course, throughout the learning process, you must be attentive to his reactions and behaviors. As time goes by, the child will be able to communicate easily with you and make you understand his desires. Quite a practical and effective method, don’t you think?
Because we want to give you all the tools to help you better communicate with your children, we wanted to introduce a program that is perfect to help with communication.
The new feature for the Coco program is really suited to help recognize emotion as our Coco sports break contains a ‘Mime the emotion’ game.
You can use this game to have a visualization of the emotions, and ask your child to reproduce Coco’s faces and identify which emotion is which.
In conclusion, with an autistic child, it is important to take the time to communicate. Indeed, the child must feel that he/she is being listened to, but also helped. The goal of this training is to allow the child to communicate! Speech therapy can also be a solution for your child to develop his language.