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Idea #12: “Show up” for your communication partner

Posted on April 12, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from The Autism Checklist, by Paula Kluth and John Shouse

If you find it challenging to have a complex conversation with someone who does not speak, look for materials or cues that can help you generate conversation. You might read aloud from books or newspapers, comment on the person’s reaction to events or activities, share photos and video related to the topic at hand, involve the person in a multi-partner conversation so there are many ideas to share and build from, or simply use familiar objects as catalysts for conversation.

Remember that a person who cannot communicate effectively or at all cannot show us what he or she knows and understands. Therefore, we should assume the person understands everything that is shared or spoken. This is, according to researcher Anne Donnellan, the “least dangerous assumption”.

The Autism Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers

Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics. The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and helpful resources.

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