There are a number of misconceptions that exist when it comes to communication skills in individuals with autism. Communication difficulties effects the way a child will acquire language and interact socially. Some children with autism actually have rather extensive vocabularies and speak in long sentences, but they are challenged by two-way conversations in which non-verbal communication is essential. Below, you can get a closer look at the specific challenges individuals with autism face so that you are better able to understand effective communication strategies for your child.
Lack of interest in spoken language
Children with autism may start speaking much later than other children, because they do not have the natural inclination to listen to their parents and other adults to pick up language. A child with autism may not imitate sounds and facial expressions, and he or she may seem more interested in ambient noise than the sounds of a conversation. Therefore, it may seem that your child is often distracted or not listening to what you are saying.
Missed non-verbal cues
An important part of communication is recognizing facial expressions, body language, eye contact, and tone of voice. These are all cues that children with autism may have difficulty picking up, so they may misinterpret what a person is feeling and how to appropriately respond.
Disinterest in social communication
Because autism causes difficulty with the subtle nuances of conversation, it may be hard for children with autism to engage in social situations, so they may become isolated or gravitate more toward solo activities.
If your child is struggling with communication due to autism, explore the applied behavior analysis and social skills development services of The Behavior Exchange near Plano. To schedule a consultation for your child at our center, give us a call at (888) 716-8084 today.