Being able to communicate improves self-confidence, ability to interact with peers and family and control of the environment. It can also help to overcome behavioural problems caused by the frustration of not being understood.
Children with ASD often have difficulty in processing sounds and speech. They may need firstly to increase their awareness and use of lips and tongue, in order to help with speech.
Total communication is an approach that encourages a student to use one or more methods to communicate with others, depending on their individual skills. This might involve speech, other vocalization, key word signing, pointing to Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) symbols or photos, informal gestures and the use of electronic voice output devices, or specialised speech programs.
Learning to communicate during social interaction involves several skills including: using language appropriate to the situation, looking at another person, taking your turn, concentrating on an activity, talking about a subject of mutual interest and staying on the topic. All these skills combine to enable successful communication.
At Giant Steps Tasmania we are currently searching for our new Speech and LAnguage Pathologist. We hope to have a new person on staff soon. While we search we will continue to seek assistance from eternal providers to keep our knowledge fresh and current.