One of the difficulties that many people face when teaching or even parenting autistic children is breaking down the communication barrier. Youngsters with autism often have difficulties effectively expressing themselves and can become frustrated, particularly if you’re using conventional techniques that don’t take their specific needs into account.
So what can you do to communicate more effectively with an autistic child?
As mentioned, one of the major hurdles that you need to overcome is the actual approach taken towards communication. Autistic children are often highly intelligent; however some can struggle when it comes to the kind of interaction that many of us take for granted. This means that you have to take a different approach and look at supporting their needs a little more.
Imagery and even symbols are often employed as educational supports. These visual aids help to provide messages that are perhaps lost in speech. Retaining the child’s interest is often an…