Speech and language

PECS boards

PECS boards provide students with a way to visually associate ideas about their everyday life, and to communicate with their instructors and family.             Click icon for illustrations of their use and How to for a guide to making your own.             Here are some tips that sound well informed            PECS best used through modelling …     Parent carries/wears PECS book at all times, uses it in every communication with child.      Offers it to child to use …      Child HOPEFULLY eventually starts to want to use / copy …      Probably NOT much harm using a reward system too …  i.e. Don’t withhold normal everyday items BUT for something special, high interest, say Tim Tams or Sushi (at a restaurant) then encourage them to use by making sure you follow through on their requests …      My friend ended up visiting the same place over and over every day after school because son used PECS to request and she wanted to honour his attempts to communicate …      NOT a fan of assumption that talking is everyone’s BEST (most comfortable) method of communicating.

Non-verbal

Even if a child does not develop speech all is not lost.           I Have Nonverbal Autism.     Here’s What I Want You to Know.    …    You can’t talk, but you have a well-functioning mind and can understand people.              Click icon to read article.                Its themes are developed in Diversitypress.            There are also one or two similar articles in Whatisitlike.

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See also Education for Total Communication helpsheet.

Click on    TalkingPoint logo    for guidance and choose from the menu list down the left hand Parents w toddlerside.
You might want to look for the following:

  • Ages and stages of development – what is normal?
  • Some children struggle – what to look out for.
  • What can I do?      Finding the right school.

E G Training

E G Training provide speech and language therapy in the East Midlands.               See   website         speech & language          locations – their therapists travel to clients in Lincolnshire.

Visual Supports

Many autistic people are thought to be visual learners.             Visual supports are said to be helpful for people on the autistic spectrum.              Click icon and have a look through a well presented illustrated guide.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free teaching aids for children with special educational needs.           Here is the Speech page.            They also have general resources for parents.              Their terms of use are brief.

Play

Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability:    e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and
social skills
.             It may be good for toddlers with delayed speech.              Little explorers could be another one to consider.            See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.

Dillan’s Voice

Apple has released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice about a Sixteen year old with autism.                 “… he always wanted to connect with others, but had difficulty communicating what he wanted to say.    That all changed when he began using his iPad to type out his thoughts, which are then read out loud …”.                  This webpage also has an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path.

We have an app for that

TippyTalk’ App for Nonverbal People Turns Pictures Into Text Messages.               See this article about TippyTalk, an alternative to a picture exchange communication system (PECS) board.              As of March 2016 it still seems to be at an early stage of development, though, so will not be available to the public for a while yet.              See also TippyTalk blog.

Early Support booklet

Click on the icon below to view a detailed guide for parents of children with additional speech, language and communication needs.
It was produced by the Department for Children, Schools & Families.             (This has since been replaced by the Department for Education.)

Social scripts

Your child may be repeating words or phrases constantly – why might that be?               Here is a 10 minute video about the difference between echolalial scripting and social scripting and how they can help.

Discussions

Here are results for a Speech development search on Ambitious about Autism website.        Below are a few examples:

Speech – what age?                 Waiting for diagnosis                 Is this how speech starts?                Speech delay                Speech delay & family history
Parents wrongly blamed

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