Improving Information Processing and Meaningful Communication with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a communication/social/behavioral information processing disorder. This video explains how you can improve information processing and meaningful communication with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Source: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14971307 Related Articles: Complete List of All Articles on Autism Spectrum Directory Advertisements

Communications Skills: Verbal Imitation

Copyright 2011 Autism Spectrum Directory. All Rights Reserved. Skill: Communication- Verbal Imitation Goals/Objectives To be able to verbally copy sounds, words, and phrases that are heard. Steps in the Learning Process Step 1: Basic Sounds – Moo, Baah, Ssss Step 2: Oral-Motor Imitation – move mouth, lips and tongue into different positions, example, frown, stick out tongue, push lips … Continue reading

Making Sense of How an Individual on the Autism Spectrum Communicates

by Karen Savlov Getting one’s needs met and to exist happily in one’s family, community and beyond is dependent on the ability to communicate. As non-autistic individuals we can use ourselves to communicate our needs and express our feelings. The individual with autism depending on his functioning level, has anywhere from extremely limited (nonexistent in some) … Continue reading

ASD Characteristics: List of Communication Deficits

All people with autism spectrum disorders experience language and communication difficulties, although there are considerable differences in language ability among individuals. Some individuals are nonverbal while others have extensive language with deficits in the social use of language. People with autism spectrum disorders may seem caught up in a private world in which communication is … Continue reading

Working Towards Understandable Speech

by Teach Me to Talk “Now that my baby is finally talking, I can’t understand a word he’s saying!”  First we want them to talk, then once that happens, we complain that we can’t understand them.  This is a big concern among parents of toddlers, especially when you’ve waited longer than you expected for those first words. “Isn’t … Continue reading

Asperger’s Syndrome at Work: Why Small Talk Matters

by Barbara Bissonnette If you are like many people with Asperger’s Syndrome, you categorize small talk as a nonsensical NT (neurotypical) ritual where people waste time talking about stupid subjects that no one really cares about. However, small talk is actually a critical workplace skill. It is the first step in establishing those all-important relationships with … Continue reading

Social Language Use: Using Language, Changing Language, Following Conversation Rules

You have invited your friend over for dinner. Your child sees your friend reach for some cookies and says, “Better not take those, or you’ll get even bigger.” You’re embarrassed that your child could speak so rudely. However, you should consider that your child may may not know how to use language appropriately in social … Continue reading

Social Language Tips: Using Language for Different Purposes, Changing Language for Different Listeners or Situations, Conversation and Storytelling Skills

Parents, cargivers, families, and teachers can help individuals use language appropriately in social situations ( pragmatics ). Some general suggestions to help develop skills in three major pragmatic areas are listed below. Using Language for Different Purposes Ask questions or make suggestions to use language for different purposes: Desired Language Function Suggested Question or Comment Comment … Continue reading

Explanation of What a Parable Is

Watch this video http://www.marshillchurch.org/v/1fx8hlkak2k4 to learn what a parable is. The explanation of what a parable is starts at 4 minutes 45 seconds into the video. (The video requires Adobe Flash to play the video.) Parables – a parable is a small story that teaches a big idea – all cultures have parables – they are simple … Continue reading