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.
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?
- Banging On A Drum
- Blowing A Whistle
- Flash Cards
- Phone Camera
- Makaton Sign Language
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
- Construction Sets
- Bean Bags
- Drawing Tools
- Musical Toys
- Sensory Boxes
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
- Friendship Circle Children Programs
- Special Needs Family Favorites
- Helping Non-Verbal Children To Communicate