Autism is a developmental disorder that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.


Non-verbal autism is relatively common, affecting around 40% of people with the condition. 


Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to any type of communication that supplements or replaces speech.


AAC systems can range from simple tools like picture cards to complex computerized devices. 


AAC can be used by people with a variety of communication needs, including those with non-verbal autism.


There are many benefits of AAC for people with non-verbal autism, including improved communication skills, increased independence and improved social interaction.

Smiling deaf woman learning sign language and talking with her teacher

In addition, AAC can help to reduce problem behaviors often associated with autism.


If you have a child with non-verbal autism, talk to your doctor or therapist about AAC options. 


With the right support, your child can learn to communicate in a way that is best for them.


Dealing with kids who have difficulties with language is always a challenge for parents and caregivers.


That is why we involve the parents and caregivers and provide them with the necessary inputs to effectively communicate with their kids.


We emphasize to the parents and caregivers that whenever they are using gestures or sign language in communicating with the children.

They need to associate the gestured words with the spoken words so that the child can quickly learn both languages.


The parents and caregivers must be patient when communicating with their kids because it would take time for the child to understand what they are trying to say.


We also tell the parents and caregivers to use simple words and short sentences when talking to their kids, so they can follow easily.


Lastly, we remind them to be creative in their approach for the child to be interested in learning. 


These are just some of the things that we do to help parents and caregivers deal with children who have difficulties with language.


And we will continue to do our best to provide them assistance so that they can effectively communicate with their kids.