Tips on Communicating with a Child with ASD
We thought these communication tips could be beneficial for parents, teachers, and peers interacting with a child or young adult with ASD.
- Be Clear and Concise
Use literal language and avoid figurative language because individuals with ASD usually have a difficult time acknowledge idioms, metaphors, etc. Make sure to explain yourself without excessive word use. Limiting the amount of words is helpful during early learning to help get ideas across.
- Encourage Tasks with Positivity
We do not want our to children associate our voice only with commands and demands. Encouraging your child with positive words and suggestions will allow your child to associate a task with positivity.
- Give Suggestions, Not Demands
Encourage your child to preform a certain task by making suggestions. “Let’s try putting away your toys,” as opposed to, “Put away your toys!”
- Use Name with Praise
Use of a child’s name in association with praise will likely encourage more positive behavior. Avoid only using your child’s name when placing demands.
- Refrain from Verbal Communication during Challenging Behavior
When undesirable behavior is taking place, refrain from engaging by limiting your words. Using verbal communication while your child is partaking in a negative behavior will only encourage them because you are giving them the attention they are seeking. Also, avoid seeking a verbal response from a child when they are expressing a challenging behavior.
Blog Posted: March 14th, 2018