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ASD and use of languaage

Some suggestions on language you should use when engaging children with ASD

  • Be clear and concise

  • Avoid jargon

  • Support communication with visual aids and objects

  • When offering choices, limit it to 2 or 3.

  • Only ask questions if necessary and keep them short

  • Be specific when communicating- try to include Who, What, Where, When particularly if it is a question for example if asking the children about their weekend, don’t ask “How was your weekend?”, be specific “How was your swimming lesson on Saturday? Developing and maintaining a positive working relationship with the child’s parents/ carers will enable you to have the information needed to have effective and positive communication with the child.