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Non Verbal And Autism-Communicating With Your Non Verbal Child

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Non-Verbal Communication


Children with special needs such as autism can be very frustrating for parents and family to communicate with, imagine how much energy it would take to communicate without saying one word? It is estimated as many as twenty-five percent of children with autism are non-verbal, imagine having a child which is unable to communicate with you verbally?



Children With Autism


Children with Autism experience an average life span of only thirty-nine years according to research in 2016, this research was done in Sweden on twenty-seven thousand people with autism. In this same study people who were non-autistic lived to an average age of seventy years old. This research was conducted in Sweden In March of 2016. America has over 1.5 million people living with autism today, the majority of these people face life-threatening issues from the result of their behaviors.


help for parents with children with autism


Family Communication


I can’t imagine the frustration and anxiety for a family to communicate with a family member who is non-verbal, it would be challenging for the entire family to communicate with this family member? Learning common signs as a family would be a good start to being able to communicate with your non-verbal child, with children with autism’s lack of making eye contact this would make this type of communication much more difficult. Many of these children have odd ways of communication, imagine communicating with anyone who must use some form of non-verbal children communicate?


  • Dance
  • Music
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Banging On A Drum
  • Blowing A Whistle
  • Puppets
  • Pets
  • Flash Cards
  • Phone Camera
  • Makaton Sign Language
  • Objects


non verbal childrn with special needs


Bonding With Your Child


Communication is the key to all good relationships, imagine how difficult it would be to form a close bond and relationship with a non-verbal child? Bonding and forming close relationships with children with autism is difficult enough, but with a child who can’t communicate verbally this would be a hundred times more difficult. The lack of speech would be a huge obstacle for many families to bond with their special child, this would be very frustrating and overwhelming for the non-verbal child as well.


Activities For A Non-Verbal Child


It would take some creativity to help a child who can’t talk to develop and grow during their childhood. The key would be to find a variety of ways to help your child develop and grow in a healthy way, there are many products on the markets you can use to help your child. With the increase in so many special needs children these products are growing every day, creativity and patience is the key to working with your child who can’t communicate verbally.


  • Variety Of Play Dough Colors
  • Tossing Balls To One Another
  • Baby & Toddlers Toys
  • Using Rattles As A Form Of Communication
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Puzzles
  • Coloring
  • Art
  • Music


drawing to communicate with a special needs child


  • Construction Sets
  • Bean Bags
  • Legos
  • Drawing Tools
  • Musical Toys
  • Sensory Boxes
  • Books
  • Puppets


What Is On My Mind Today?


Encouraging social play is very helpful for your child, many children with special needs such as autism experience socialization stressful. This increases even more when the child is non-verbal, exposing your child to short periods of socialization with other children is your best strategy. These kids are happy playing alone, but this is not healthy for them and socializing is something you must introduce them to slowly and gradually. At first it is best for you to be nearby, as time goes by you can spend less time in the presence of your child and gradually to get them used to being without you all the time.


Resources & Help








  • Jean Dehm says:

    Great information. Are there special books that you suggest for kids with autism? Are there story books that have autistic characters within the story?

  • Harrison says:

    As someone who has not experienced communicating with a child with autism I had not given any thought to this. Your article gives anyone that reads it a lot to consider as it looks at the issue from both the parent and the child’s point of view. Autism is something we all should pay more attention to. Very informative!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Harrison,

      I appreciate your comment on my article on non-verbal communication, with this becoming more and more in numbers every day families need to understand this in case they ever had a child who is non-verbal.


  • SmileAfresh says:

    Hi Celiacman
    Thanks for your helpful article about non-verbal communication for an autistic child. I have a friend whose younger son is autistic and, like you said, it can get rather frustrating to try verbal communication with the lovely boy and get no response.
    Since love is a language understood to a great degree by all forms of human life, we have learnt that he responds to being loved and cared for. That’s what I’d recommend, too. What would you say?

    • admin says:

      Thank You

      We all respond well to love and being cared for, patience is the key to forming a bond with a non-verbal child. I recommend sign language as something every family should consider, even some simple sign language can make a huge difference in communicating and the child will need these skills in the real world one day.


  • alifedesignbyme says:

    Very useful information! I love to come across this type of blogs that are so caring and helpful. I would like to congratulate you for taking the time to create this content and help others to communicate with kids with special needs and avoid any frustrations for both family and children when it comes to express themselves.

    You made me aware of this reality and it was a very interesting reading.

    • admin says:

      Thank You,

      I appreciate your kind words on this article, many people are not aware of how communication can be affected by a non-verbal child unless they experience this on their own. I hope this article helps some families, communication is the key to close family relationships.


  • Hailey says:


    Thanks for such a great informative post!
    My son is autistic and there are so many communication methods we tried!
    We use a combination of flash cards, task analysis and communication apps that he uses on his iPad! We do sign some things just basic stuff like finished and more!
    I love learning the signing stuff!
    It’s a great skill to have

    • admin says:

      Thank You Hailey,

      I appreciate hear how your family has used  combination of methods to communicate with your child with autism, this information helps many of my readers and  I thank you for sharing.


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