Another great little tip

Programme Name: The A Word - TX: 05/04/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Maggie White (LISA MILLETT), Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO), Alison Hughes (MORVEN CHRISTIE) - (C) FIfty Fathoms - Photographer: Rory Mulvey

Another great little tip shown in ‘The A Word’ (The BBC 1 TV drama) is the use of non-verbal communication…

I’m specifically referring to when Joe is listening to music using his headphones and his family tap their ears to prompt him to take the headphones off.

Very simple, yet super effective. And he responds every time.

But let’s say Joe’s family chose to verbally ask him to take off his earphones…

And let’s say he didn’t hear or listen, so, therefore, didn’t respond…

Then Joe’s parents asked again, this time feeling a little less patient.

Then again and again.

And they still got nowhere.

Apart from getting more and more frustrated and then over stimulating and potentially upsetting Joe.

It sounds awful when you put it like that.

But unfortunately, this is what happens with autistic children all the time.

A simple gesture to a child with autism could be enough for them to understand and respond to you.

Autistic children are very often visual learners, so a simple gestural prompt, such as tapping your ears to indicate they need to take out their earphones, can be extremely effective.

Have a think about if there are any phrases you could replace as a gesture to help your child better understand and respond to you.

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