Autism Language Program
How Children with Autism Communicate
Every child with autism does communicate. Even without any intervention they know how to protest, how to object, and usually if parents and teachers are good observers, they also know how to tell you what they want. All three of these abilities are often expressed through physical means, and these non-verbal expressions get positive results when interpreted by the correct people.
In some situations these children cannot get their message across, and revert to unusual, destructive, or aggressive behavior. This usually happens when the child:
- cannot tell you what they want
- wants to take a break
- does not have a way to revert attention back to them
All of these abilities, sometimes learned without intervention, are the foundation from which the clinicians in the ALP can build a formal individualized communication program.