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Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 3: Inferencing Through Language Activities

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

This is the third part of the series focusing on inferencing, especially for children with Autism. To review, in Part 1, I spoke about tuning into all of the sounds in the environment and inferring where they’re from and what they mean. In Part 2, I spoke about inferring facial expressions and body language before pairing it with any meaningful language so that the child can interpret the emotion before he or she has to process the language. In part 3, we will be building inferencing by integrating expressive language for the child to infer what a speaker means by moving from concrete to more abstract language and by using indirect language, such as indirect commands for the child to tune into, understand, and act upon. How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 2: Non-verbal Communication

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism.  Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times.  Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words.  But, speech and language begins well before words come out.  Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing.  In part 1, we used the acronym HAWK to describe the need to listen to and identify noises. In part 2, we are addressing the importance of body language in inferencing and interpreting speech.

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