Category Archives for "Communication"

Articles that focus on speech delays, the challenges of holding conversations, understanding statements, questions or needs, connecting with other people. Sometimes will include taking language too literally, missing sarcasm. Also may include a parent or carer communicating with a school on behalf of someone with autism.

Ways to Better Understand Echolalia and Vocal Stereotypy

Ways to Better Understand Echolalia and Vocal Stereotypy https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understandings-of-verbal-behavior/

My little boy will sometimes call cookies ‘biscuits,’ and gasoline ‘petrol.’ He has lived in the Midwestern United States all eight years of his life, but that does not stop him from saying, “I CAHN’T!” when asked to complete a task, or requesting ‘pahn-cakes’ for breakfast. Greyson has no idea where England is, but he […]

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Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out Of an AAC Device

Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out Of an AAC Device http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/expert-tips-using-aac-device/

In my recent article published in Autism Parenting Magazine, Issue 67, I focused on the augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication evaluation process and on answering commonly asked questions. Many people have a misconception that once you receive an AAC communication device, this is the end of your journey. This is just the beginning! Receiving an […]

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How to Help Your Child With Autism Communicate Using Comics

How to Help Your Child With Autism Communicate Using Comics http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-child-with-autism-communicate-using-comics

In all my years as a teacher and tutor, I have yet to see a frown or a tear shed by students in creating or reading comics. For those who work with children on the autism spectrum, the practice of creating comic strips with free comic generators like MakeBeliefsComix.com or even drawing them by hand […]

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Ways Autism Focused Couple Therapy Can Change Your Life

Ways Autism Focused Couple Therapy Can Change Your Life https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-couple-therapy

As a practicing clinician specializing in adult diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I have noticed that as the diagnosis of children impacted on the spectrum has dramatically increased (current statistic from the Centers for Disease Control is 1:55), the first time diagnostic rates for adults on the spectrum also continue to skyrocket, making the […]

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Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid’s Life

Easy Ways to Add Simple Communication Strategies to a Kid's Life http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/communication-strategies-autism/

For years, I’ve been searching for a way to reconcile my passion for speech therapy and my addiction to earning new, vibrant stamps in my passport. I was reading a news article when I came across a non-governmental organization in Cambodia helping to make speech therapy available to those with communication difficulties. In Cambodia, speech […]

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Amazing Ways AAC Can Improve Communication for Your Child

Amazing Ways AAC Can Improve Communication for Your Child http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/aac-can-improve-communication-for-autism

One of the most difficult things to cope with as an autism mom was my son’s inability to speak. I remember hoping and praying that speech was going to develop and reassuring myself that it was a matter of time and the words would emerge by perhaps the next holiday or birthday. I recall having […]

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Simple Ways You Can Help Your Autistic Child Communicate

Simple Ways You Can Help Your Autistic Child Communicate https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-help-autistic-child-communicate

As parents to children who are nonverbal or have limited speech, we have to learn some skills of our own to help them learn to communicate better. I have three children with autism myself who are all now extremely verbal, but when they were younger, communication was a constant struggle. Here are a few of […]

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Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism

Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/assistive-technology-autism/

Communication issues and autism For many children with autism, communication issues are one of the first telltale signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As autism covers a spectrum of challenges, children can present communication issues differently from one another. Some children might have a large vocabulary and learn to read at a young age but […]

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How to Improve Communication with Your Child’s Teacher Now

How to Improve Communication with Your Child’s Teacher Now http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-to-improve-communication-with-your-childs-teacher

The new school year can be a source of stress for many children and even more so for children with autism.  There are new people to meet, new routines to learn, and all the while having to navigate this real-world environment we call school.  Communicating with your child’s teacher is critical to your child’s success.  […]

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6 Ways Homeschooling Improved My Son’s Life and Ability to Communicate

6 Ways Homeschooling Improved My Son’s Life and Ability to Communicate http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/6-ways-homeschooling-improved-my-sons-life-and-ability-to-communicate

My son, now 17, was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 12, though we knew there was something “different” about him long before then.  I remember going to school for career day and seeing several kids in the hall excitedly greet my son, who just walked right by them without even acknowledging they had spoken to […]

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