This workshop taught me how to set up my classroom and tasks for all my students. Special Education Teacher, Hagerstown Elementary Students have shared with me how much they look forward to attending SOS each week, as these meetings not only provide an open environment to discuss important issues, but an opportunity to have a break to relax and hang out with friends, despite their busy schedules. The SOS club not only benefits students on the spectrum, but also the guests and students who are invited to share in the discussions and festivities. I thought the Jed Baker workshop was excellent!
By the first birthday, a typical toddler says words, turns when he or she hears his or her name, points when he or she wants a toy, and when offered something distasteful, makes it clear that the answer is "no. Speech development in people with disorders like autism and PDD-NOS takes different paths than the majority of neurotypical children.
Some remain mute throughout their lives with varying degrees of literacy; communication in other ways — images, visual clues, sign language, and typing may be far more natural to them.
Contrary to the prevailing traditional stereotype of mute people with Kanner-type autism, around one third of people diagnosed with this Autism and communication of autism will develop what is often viewed as dysfunctional verbal language, relying on rote learned stored phrases, songs, jingles and advertisements.
Those with the autism spectrum condition of Semantic Pragmatic Disorder fall into this group. Those who do speak sometimes use language in unusual ways, retaining features of earlier stages of language development for long periods or throughout their lives.
Some speak only single words, while others repeat a mimicked phrase over and over. Some repeat what they hear, a condition called echolalia. Sing-song repetitions in particular are a calming, joyous activity that many autistic adults engage in. Many people with autism have a strong tonal sense, and can often understand at least some spoken language whilst others can understand language fluently.
Some children may exhibit only slight delays in language, or even seem to have precocious language and unusually large vocabularies, but have great difficulty in sustaining typical conversations.
The "give and take" of non-autistic conversation is hard for them, although they often carry on a monologue on a favorite subject, giving no one else an opportunity to comment.
When given the chance to converse with other autistics, they comfortably do so in "parallel monologue" — taking turns expressing views and information. Just as "neurotypicals" people without autism have trouble understanding autistic body languages, vocal tones, or phraseology, people with autism similarly have trouble with such things in people without autism.
In particular, autistic language abilities tend to be highly literal; people without autism often inappropriately attribute hidden meaning to what people with autism say or expect the person with autism to sense such unstated meaning in their own words.
An example of the this is the noted autistic Temple Grandinwho holds a PhD and is a successful developer of livestock handling technologies. She describes her inability to understand the social communication of neurotypicals as leaving her feeling "like an anthropologist on Mars.
Others may be delayed, developing language as late as the teenage years. Once given appropriate accommodations, some will happily converse for hours, and can often be found in online chat rooms, discussion boards or websites and even using communication devices.
Facial expressions, movements, and gestures may be easily understood by some other people with autism, but do not match those used by other people. Also, their tone of voice has a much more subtle inflection in reflecting their feelings, and the auditory system of a person without autism often cannot sense the fluctuations.
What seems to non-autistic people like odd prosody; things like a high-pitched, sing-song, or flat, robot-like voice may be common in autistic children and some will have combinations of these prosody issues. Some autistic children with relatively good language skills speak like little adults, rather than communicating at their current age level, which is one of the things that can lead to problems.
Since non-autistic people are often unfamiliar with the autistic body language, and since autistic natural language may not tend towards speech, autistic people often struggle to let other people know what they need.
As anybody might do in such a situation, they may scream in frustration or resort to grabbing what they want.
While waiting for non-autistic people to learn to communicate with them, people with autism do whatever they can to get through to them. Communication difficulties may contribute to autistic people becoming socially anxious or depressed or prone to self-injurious behaviors.
Recently, with the awareness that those with autism can have more than one condition, a significant percentage of people with autism are being diagnosed with co-morbid mood, anxiety and compulsive disorders which may also contribute to behavioral and functioning challenges.
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