Ways to encourage your child with autism to make requests spontaneously

Children with ASD often have difficulties communicating with others as they do not understand the use of language and hence, may take a longer time to develop language. Some children may be able to speak but can still have trouble asking for things they want. To encourage your child to make requests spontaneously, parents and caregivers can create opportunities for your child to initiate communication. This is known as “Communication Temptations”. 💬😀
Now, what are Communication Temptations?Communication Temptations means that we set up the environment to tempt children to communicate with us. A child is much more likely to communicate if there are reasons to do so.
In this video, our Behaviour Consultant, Reshani shares tips on how to encourage your child through a range of ideas designed to encourage the use of spontaneous speech. https://www.facebook.com/autismpartnershipsg/videos/259525878746909/
Described by Wetherby & Prizant (1989), communication temptations are used to increase a student’s desire to communicate, and make communication fun. It also enables to establish the power of communication and increase children’s use of spontaneous language. Additionally, it can help the children to speak in appropriate situations. 💬 There are a few types of communication as shown in the pictures below:
  1. Requesting (e.g. I want to eat apple.) 🍎
  2. Question Asking (e.g. Where is the football?) ⚽
  3. Commenting (e.g. The train goes very fast!/An Airplane!) 🚅✈️
  4. Directing (e.g. Put the elephant in front of the airplane.) 🐘🛫
  5. Reporting (e.g. Mum and Dad brought me to Disneyland yesterday.)🎢
  6. Assertiveness (e.g. No! It’s mine! Don’t take away!) 🚫

Teaching children to communicate spontaneously is a great way to increase their desire to talk and help them communicate their needs more effectively, and at the same time decrease their frustration. 😀💬 Let us share with you some final tips below:

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