Is your learner difficult to engage? Are you not sure where to start? Is your learner not communicating? Knowing where to start can be stressful!!! I am here to help with my top 5 strategies to get your autistic learner communicating today!
Strategy 1: Create a Fun Atmosphere
Present a toy the child will enjoy. Play with the toy and use simple language.
(play dough, cars, musical toys, mini objects, etc.)
Strategy 2: Observe
What does your learner like to do? How is your learner currently communicating?
(Make notes about their likes, dislikes. Is your learner vocalizing, using pictures, pointing, pulling to an item, etc.?)
Strategy 3: Engage in Shared Activities
Connection before communication
(Reading a book, singing a song, playing with toys)
Strategy 4: Create a Positive Atmosphere
Positive Vibes Only: Use simple language, do not bombard your learner with questions.
(“Wow, I see a truck!” Vs. “What is that? What color is that”)
Strategy 5: Remain Flexible
What you planned may look different than how it actually happens. Adapt the skill to following the learner’s lead.
Now you can rest easy because that starting point is not out of reach! If you want to learn more including all about assessments, goal setting, therapy structure, tools and resources, join my toddler and preschool course: Start Communicating Today!
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