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Helping Your Child With Autism: Info Talk Technique

June 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Do you have a child who cannot use his words to comment, or does not say what he wants? Info talk is a simple therapy technique that will possibly help your child to speak.

Sometimes, he pays attention to the things he sees around him. Sometimes, he seems to look at a distance. Sometimes, he cries so loud that you get frustrated because you seem to not know what he wants. Sometimes, he appears to be wanting to say something but you don't know how to make him say it. This may be a therapy technique that could help your child use his words.

What is Info Talk?

In a nutshell, it is a therapy technique which encourages parents and caregivers to talk to their children at all possible opportunities. This means that we inject comments about our daily environment to help him discover the use and power of his speech to communicate. The trick here is knowing what and how to say so that you can encourage your child to speak.

When should you do Info Talk?

At all possible times! It is best to use when we are doing daily activities such as brushing ones teeth, washing hands, playing, or watching the television. When you go out on family trips, it is also ideal to use it.

How should you do Info Talk?

It is very simple. While doing daily activities, comment on your daily surroundings. It could anything from what he's doing, to what he's holding, playing or what he's seeing outside. Here is an example of a situation.

Mark is a 2 year-old boy diagnosed with Autism. He doesn't know how to speak yet. He uses vocalizations such as "aaaa" and "eee" but they seem to not mean anything when he says it. Sometimes, he focuses his gaze on objects but he averts his eyes on something distant. So, while washing his hands:

Mark: Aaaaa.

Mother: Yes, Mark is washing his hands. Wash hands. Mark wash hands.

Mark: (while touching the soap)

Mother: Mark is holding the soap. Yes, Mark will wash using soap.

Mark: (while rinsing) Aaaaa.

Mother: Mark is washing hands with water. Splash! Splash! Splash!

Mark: A! A! A!

Mother: Splash! Splash! Splash! Good try!

See? It's very simple! By doing so, you will help your child increase his/her vocabulary.

What are the things that you should remember?

1. Use simple words. It is important to use early words when speaking to your child who is still learning to speak. Instead of saying "television", you can just say "TV". "Wash" for example, is more ideal than "rinsing".

2. Use a melodic tone when speaking. When speaking, use a slightly animated intonation of voice, similar to those used in children TV shows. This helps your child pay more attention to your speech rather than the saying words with the same loudness and tone.

Although each child has his own pace of growth and learning, using the Info Talk technique consistently may boost the chances of your child to be encouraged to speak.

Sometimes, a parent may feel frustrated that his or her child may want to say something but they don't know how to help their child say it. Introducing, Help Your Child Speak, a step-by-step guide that will show you how to help your child speak in day to day activities. In the book are comprehensive and useful methods to help your child use his speech in daily living. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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