Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn best during everyday activities and interactions, such as riding in the car to school, eating a family meal or going to the grocery store.
During daily activities, parents can provide language-learning opportunities and promote social communication skills. In fact, research has shown that when parents learn specific strategies to promote their child’s communication skills, children with autism often have better language outcomes than those who just receive intervention from clinicians.
Incorporating language-building strategies into daily life can help children develop communication skills. Here are some tips to help parents become more effective communication partners:
Help your child understand language:
Promote expressive language development:
The ability to communicate verbally is a powerful social tool. Taking the time to help your child learn communication skills makes a powerful impact in language development. Read more about motivating your child to learn and try new things.
We recognize that every child is unique and that the content of this article may not work for everyone. This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. We hope these tips will serve as a jumping-off point for finding the best approach to helping a child with autism. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.