Just because you can’t talk doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say.
Michael is a six-year-old , nonverbal boy, with autism. He wants to watch Sponge Bob while sitting in his favorite chair, but there’s a pillow on it, and the TV is out of reach.
Living in a fearful world of confusing consequences, Michael screams and throws the pillows, the chair, and bangs his head on the floor.
His mother has no idea why.
Michael has never been taught how to communicate.
Shouldn’t this be the first skill schools focus on? Don’t nonverbal children have a right to learn how to communicate their needs and desires?
One-size-fits-all special needs preschools are the norm in the United States. Very few school systems offer early intervention programs that target the unique needs of autistic kids or nonverbal kids. Failure to teach a child to communicate when they are young is robbing the child and their family of quality of life. If children are delayed in speech…
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