August 8, 2008

Teaching Emotions Through Conversation


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. :-)

8 comments:

Kgraham said...

Hey there - I love how you've written this post. Could I share it on my blog, with credit to you and a link? It's eachonedifferent.blogspot.com . Let me know... Thanks a bunch!

Angela DeRossett said...

Thank you! You can use the portion that is showing here with 'To read more join me on Heart of the Matter Magazine: August Edition'. Please make sure that the first line has by: Angela DeRossett on it. It cannot be recopied in it's entirety though, just the intro to the magazine page. If you have any questions let me know!

Maddy said...

Well I'll say 'hi de ho' here and then pop on over.
Cheers

Jai said...

I have a friend whose son has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I will definitely forward the link your amazing blog! It's so informative!

Jennifer said...

You're such a good mom, A. Truly, you are.

Kgraham said...

Okey doke - I've shared, credited and linked you. Thanks :)

Kathie
http://mytake.stayathomemama.info

Aunt Julie said...

Talking to your kids is the best medicine to cure a lot of the ills that plague us. Thanks for posting this revealing tidbit.

Kelsey said...

Aww, your such a great mom!