Communicating With Children With Autism
When a child has autism, it can be difficult to communicate with them. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a group of complex disorders regarding brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It starts in early brain development, with the most telling signs not emerging until 2 or 3 years old. 1 in 68 American children are identified and placed on the autism spectrum.
How does one communicate with a child who has autism? Autism Speaks, founded in 2005, has become the world’s leading organization in Autism research and advocacy. They have developed a list of assistive apps that help children with autism learn things from social interactions to motor skills. Children with Autism are visual learners, and apps that can be accessed from an iPad or any other electronic device can help improve stimulation. The apps also give parents or family members a research rating that is comprised of three scales: (1) Anecdotal, no specific scientific studies for the app, (2) research, some related scientific studies, and (3) evidence, specific or solid scientific evidence the app is helpful.
It is also recommended that parents and/or family members be aware of the body language, withdrawal, or other signs that indicate something is wrong with the child. Learn this behavior, that way it will be easier to communicate with a child with autism. For more information and resources for children or adults with autism, visit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/