August 8, 2008
One of the biggest obstacles parents face when homeschooling a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is how to teach appropriate socialization. This becomes just as important as the core subjects like math, language arts, and science.
Did you ever wonder how these children learn the basics of good conversation? Perhaps you've experienced the blessing of echolalia, the repetitive conversational nature of ASD that pops up during times of stress or pure joy. Perhaps your child is non-verbal and you've been battling the 'how do I teach this kid' struggle. Communication skills are one of the greatest gifts -verbally and/or non-verbally - that you can teach your child. It strengthens their abilities to adapt in their environment. It builds positive experiences. It leads to less embarrassing situations during social functions for parents. :-)
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