Autism, The Environment & Communication – 31 Day Challenge / Day 18

Autism Naomi Mc Laughlan

Today I would love to share with you the following video presentation on the importance of providing an enabling environment to support children and young adults with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Video Transcript

We communicate through spoken language, body language, signs and symbols and also in writing.

Being able to communicate thoughts, feelings and individual needs is vital for a child and young people’s development.

If they feel misunderstood it can lead to anger and frustration.  Some children express their feelings in temper tantrums; some scream, kick, punch or trough themselves on the floor.

Others withdraw from their environment and isolate themselves, which makes it even harder for them to find friendship with peers.

In order for a child to feel welcome, appreciated and most importantly understood the environment has to be enabling the child to communicate.

The communication Trust Report – Every Child Understood 2007-2009 gives everyone working with children and young people an understanding on the importance of providing an enabling environment and also highlights that speech, language and communication are crucial to the achievement of Every Child Matters (ECM).

KIDS NDD (n.d.) state that “Communication is a vital and continuing process for us all. It is the means by which all humans make contact, share experiences, understand their world and find their place within it. Communication is the way by which we obtain information and use that information to make decisions and choices. We all use communication to express ourselves and our interests, our dislikes or desires and what we need”

You can help your child or young adult by teaching him or her the use of the British Sign Language (BSL) or the sign language applicable within you country, Makaton, which is a simplified sign language that is based on pictures, provide books and magazines in Easy Read, read social stories, use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PEGS), label tools and rooms with Widget Symbols, create and use ‘Now and Then’ boards and use Electronic Communication Aids.  Or a combination of the methods mentioned above.

References:

KIDS NDD (n.d.) Communicating with disabled children. Online at: http://www.kids.org.uk/files/105839/FileName/Communicating605114web.pdf [accessed 18 December 2015]

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

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