Would sign language work as a form of communication for my non verbal, autistic children?
I have two children with autism. I was wondering if it is worth starting sign language with them as a form of communication. Both children are non verbal.
Answer: Hi Danielle, Thank you for your email. Yes it is worth using baby sign language with your two children. Many parents who have autistic children have incorporated baby sign language into their homes and have experienced some of the benefits of baby sign language. For children with communication difficulties, baby sign language helps bridge the gap of communication. To help you get started, you can read my article on the 10 steps to signing success: The 10 Steps to Signing Success. Remember its important to start slowly, introducing both practical and motivational signs and be consistent. Be sure to include words that your children find motivating such as teddy bear, music, book etc. These words will be based on the interests of your children. Keep in touch and let me know how you go. Happy Signing! Jackie
Answered: 15 Aug 2008