Turn-Taking and Engagement with a Nonverbal Child
Before a child can be motivated to say their first words, it is important to develop prelinguistic skills of social interaction such as turn-taking and joint attention. In other words, children with autism spectrum disorder, ASD, have little training in the back-n-forth structure of conversation. Turn-taking is the back’n forth dance that most babies learn to do with their parents during cooing and nonverbal play. People with autism need to develop these social skills in order to be able to hold exchanges of more than 1 turn or a request. Engaging children with ASD in multiple nonverbal exchanges (5-10 turns) is vital to developing conversation skills.
2. Have Fun!
Having fun is one of the best ways to keep the attention of a child with autism. They needed to be enjoying themselves or they will go off and look for something that does offer pleasure, such as toy. The more social interactions with a person the child has the more a child’s language develop.
3. Visual Supports for a Nonverbal Child with Autism
Low-tech picture exchange systems and high-tech computerized Alternative Augmentative Communication Systems, AAC, convert spoken language to a static visual code. Unlike what most people believe, children who are provided with a communication device do not decide to communicate with the device instead of their voice. Mainly, because all people will choose the path of least resistance, and it is easier to communicate with your voice than to use an alternative technology. The AAC device is REALLY for the family to use. I can not emphasize that fact more. When the familiy uses the device, they are converting their spoken language to a visual code that is much easier to understand by their child. Language is easier to process when it is less fleeting-static. Research shows that children that have an communication devices use spoken language 90% of the time and the device 10%. But, they increase their expressive language significantly.
4. Your Behavior
Be aware that the parent’s behavior impacts a child’s behavior. Are you anticipating your child’s needs and giving them what they need before they have an opportunity to ask? Perhaps they are at the stage where they must communicate nonverbally. If so, the child needs to practice using gestures such as pointing to request and later those gestures become words. If you are not making your child do something to request, you may in fact be impeding your’s need to communicate.
5. Listen to Body Language
Are you doing most or all of the talking? A nonverbal child with ASD will likely make gestures to indicate their wants and needs. The gestures can be as subtle as a glance or as clear as grabbing a parents hand. But, if you are not quiet and observant, your child may not have an opportunity to show you what they want.
6. Sing Songs
Music is one of the best ways to connect with a child with Autism, ASD. Sing through out the day. Sing songs you know such as “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes” and make up songs for daily routines, “This is the way we wash our hands.”
Look for what draws your child’s interests and use that as activity to motivate them to communicate. Maybe they like swinging, or play dough or drawing and art. All these interests can be used as activities where you imitate their actions and engage with them in activities they enjoy.
8. Follow Their Lead
Let your child dictate what you play with. Let them decide when to start and stop. This aids in getting them to engage with you, if you join them.
9. Looks, Sounds, Partial Words, Words
Children with Autism are notoriously poor at eye contact. That does not mean you should not work on it. Sit face-to-face with your child and look for subtle glances and efforts to look at you as communication. Eye contact is often their first attempt to request. Then, nonverbal individuals may make sounds, then say part of a word (“mm”) and finally single words, “mama.”
At home speech therapy in Los Angeles is now available from the private practice 1to1 Kid Talk Speech Therapy. In addition, 1to1 Kid Talk provides therapy for toddlers who are late in their speech development, speech impediments, autism and articulation therapy. Speech therapists visit homes through-out the Los Angeles, CA area.
In-Home Speech Therapy Los Angeles
For speech therapy at home in Los Angeles parents will find that they get better results with in-home therapy. Research supports speech and language therapy provided in the home setting the most effective setting for working with young children.
Why Is In-Home Speech Therapy Better?
In-home speech therapy with 1to1 Kid Talk is better because in the Kid Talk model parents are coached on how to use key strategies that they then use every day.
What do Los Angeles parents say?
In my experience, working with children with autism spectrum disorder in the home setting is also ideal. Children with ASD are much more comfortable in their home environment than the new environment of a clinic office. Speech therapy can start as soon as the therapist arrives with targeting greetings and salutations.
Speech therapy provided at home is also good for families with children aged 0-3 years old is also recommended to be completed in the home, or natural environments.
All 1to1 Kid Talk speech-language pathologists hold a masters degree in communication disorders and license from the state of California. Speech therapists also hold certificate of clinical competence, CCC-SLP. Guy Garcia, CCC-SLP, has nearly 20 years experience as a pediatric speech therapist. He specializes in early intervention, autism and social skills.
There are so many things to worry about as a parent. One of the most important things is childhood development.
Are you worried your child is communicating at a slower pace than other children their age? It can be frustrating to notice your child struggling in this area. There are a myriad of reasons why this could be happening.
1to1 Kid Talk specializes in speech therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Childhood Apraxia. They also work with children who just happen to learn at a slower pace than their peers.
Autism Spectrum Disorder can present challenges when it comes to your child’s means of communication and socialization. It can be a difficult area of development for your little ones.
1to1 Kid Talk is a Certified Autism Specialist and they have sessions designed specifically for children with ASD. They believe that therapy should be fun and enjoyable and something that little ones look forward to.
Through play based therapy, 1to1 Kid Talk engages children and works on their socialization. Relationship building activities are important for every child and are personalized for each child’s needs.
If you’re unsure if you’re child is showing signs of ASD, contact 1to1 Kid Therapy to set up a speech therapy consultation.
Children need to be able to communicate and build relationships. Sometimes they just don’t have the means or skills to do so on their own. Santa Monica speech therapy can help. Having an expert available to answer questions and share tricks, not only with your child but with you as well, is beneficial to childhood development.
1to1 Kid Talk can provide useful skills to grow and develop as a family, and give you the means to continuously help your child when your speech therapist isn’t around.
They will work with your kid to develop new habits and to discover their interests and likes. What activities does your child speak the most during? What encourages them to engage with others? How can you encourage them in their speech development?
If your child has a limited vocabulary, they will work with you to expand this vocabulary through fun, energetic practices. It’s important to consider speech therapy if your child is a late talker.
If your family has a history of language delay, reach out to 1to1 Kid Talk and learn about your options.
Speech therapy is more common than people think. It can be an enjoyable experience and can help develop healthy communication habits long term.
1to1 Kid Talk is meant to normalize speech therapy and create the best method for helping children. From toddlers to older children, the organization has tried and true ways of engaging with your family so you can see a marked improvement.
The goal is to help children and their families live a healthy, normal life full of communication.
Whether your child struggles with a motor speech disorder such as Childhood Apraxia or is just taking a longer time to learn, 1to1 Kid Talk can help you. It’s easy and painless and takes place in your own home.
If you’re in the area, set up a free consultation for Santa Monica speech therapy. Learn about your options and how you can jump start the journey to successful socialization and communication for your child.
Seeing your child struggle to communicate is hard as a parent. You want the best for them, but sometimes you don’t know how to help. 1 to 1 Kid Talk specializes in speech therapy for kids in the Pasadena area. They can help you in ways you’re unable to help yourself.
There are many reasons to consider speech therapy for your child. For instance, you’ve noticed your toddler is a late talker. They might play actively and engage socially, but have a limited vocabulary compared to other children their age. This can also be caused by a family history of language delay among other variables.
ASD is another area where speech therapy can be beneficial. 1 to 1 Kid Talk is a Certified Autism Specialist and is affiliated with More Than Words, the Hanen Program for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder can hinder communication. Children with ASD can display a loss or lack of words, social skills, and overall communication or connection. However, there are many symptoms of ASD, and not all are present in every child.
You should also consider speech therapy if your child has a motor speech disorder such as Childhood Apraxia. Childhood Apraxia prevents children from producing the proper movements for speech.
1 to 1 Kid Talk is dedicated to helping children speak and communicate freely. With proper speech therapy, your little ones will begin to express themselves and live a happier, healthier life.
And the best part is, the sessions can take place in your own home – a space your child feels safe and comfortable in. In-home therapy is known for yielding better results in the long term.
Guy Garcia, the founder of 1 to 1 Kid Talk, emphasizes how important it is to connect with children during speech therapy and get their attention.
A speech therapist will visit your home during your scheduled appointment and the session will start as soon as they walk through the door.
Guy Garcia explains the best way to get your child’s attention is to give them choices and find out what they enjoy, and how they have fun.
Many of the sessions involve therapy through play. The use of toys and activities are highly effective in building a connection and engaging children.
You’ll often find that children are more communicative during certain activities and those are important to pay attention to and come back to during the therapy.
This therapy is beneficial for parents as well. Your speech therapist will teach you tips and strategies to utilize in your everyday life. This ensures your child’s skills will continue to grow even when your therapist isn’t there.
You have the power to help your children – you just need a helping hand.
If you think your child might need speech therapy and live in Pasadena, get in contact with 1 to 1 Kid Talk.
Webinar Autism and Speech Therapy at Home (Los Angeles): 5 Tips, by Guy Garcia of 1to1 Kid Talk Speech Therapy, was recorded in Los Angeles on April 29, 2019. 1to1 Kid Talk Speech Therapy provides mobile in-home speech therapy throughout the Los Angeles area.
On this recording parents are going to learn about:
- How to Gain Your Child’s Attention
- How to Keep Your Child’s Attention
- How to Motivate Your Child to Talk
Remember 1-2 speech therapy sessions a week is not enough. Real change and progress happen when personalized strategies are practiced each day, many times a day.
Want to give your child the best chance to succeed? Book a free in-home speech therapy consultation! Call (323) 328-8412.
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