Teaching Non-verbal Communication

Our staff designs and delivers interventions to toddlers and preschoolers who have been diagnosed with autism and have delayed communication skills.  Our treatment plans are developed with the recognition that teaching the necessary pre-verbal skills for future language development are crucial for non-verbal clients.  

Early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders seeks to restore the developmental trajectory disrupted by this debilitating disorder.  Non-verbal social communication is the foundation for future language and social development in typically developing toddlers and therefore should be part of any early intervention program for young children with autism.  Using a developmental framework and current and on-going research on teaching early core communication skills to children with autism, this presentation will illustrate how practitioners can potentially change the trajectory of learning while focusing on non-verbal social communication such as joint attention, eye contact, and gesture use.