Working with early learners with complex communication disorders like autism can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding work. Building communication, using expression and finding our voices is an incredible journey we take students on daily. Finding speech therapy ideas to continue to build the voices of our non-verbal or verbally limited students is imperative to gaining those small victories in finding our students’ voices. The 5 strategies below are my go to strategies to ensure our speech therapy sessions are tremendously impactful.
Let’s delve into those 5 strategies for working with students with autism to find their voice!
- Assess Requesting Skills
Requesting is one of the first steps in assessing our students ability to communicate. Requesting what you need throughout the day is a powerful communication tool and vital to successful communication. Being able to communicate your desires throughout the day is vital to increasing our students’ abilities to communicate in the world! When working with students, take some time to assess if your students request items they prefer, or show their preference for places or activities that they want. This is such an important step in helping our limited verbal or nonverbal students make progress in their speech and communication goals.
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