I’ve spent years enjoying my time working with the most withdrawn and isolated children with ASD. You know the ones I’m talking about. The most significantly delayed child. The non-verbal child who is so immersed in his or her own world of idiosyncratic behaviors that they appear to be oblivious to others. I write “appear” because time and time again, children with ASD have proven how much more they know once I discover the way they communicate best. I used the term “non-verbal” for clarity and understanding of those reading this post. However, I personally prefer to call these children “pre-verbal” because I do believe verbal communication will be one of their modes of communication one day. Positive thinking equals success!
I receive many questions about these particular kiddos on the autism spectrum. “How to I work with these children?” “Where do I start?” “How to I evaluate them?” “This students needs to work on everything, what do I do first?”
The good news is I created a 47 page pdf product to get SLPs started called Beyond Eye Contact: Connecting with the Young Pre-Verbal Child with ASD. In this product, I outline for you my 5 point strategy to reaching these kiddos, where to start and how to move along the continuum to improve various areas of development including communication and social skills.
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