Understanding language Understanding language begins with the child feeling like a powerful communicator and the repeated experience of people around him who love and understand what he means when using his body to express what is in his mind.  Problems with understanding of language If your child has problems with understanding language and what you say to him, you need to help him to understand the MEANING of communication first by reducing your language and focusing more on gestural communication, […]

It’s winter or autumn and miserable outside. You’ve all been indoors all day. Or you’ve been out, but your child is still full of energy, running around aimlessly or loudly bouncing on the sofa. You’ve run out of ideas. He is still full of energy and only movement or sensory activities will get his interest and attention. You wish you could take him to the playground, to slide or swing or jump. But it’s grey and raining, or dark and […]

Mouth-and-face games, which really are a larger-than-life version of the baby face-to-face-games of ‘pure interaction’, are probably the most important ‘games’ to help an autistic child towards speech and being interested in human interaction. They play on every child’s instinctive fascination with mouths, eyes and the emotional expressiveness of faces. Mouths and eyes can open and shut, but mouths have an inside with a tongue that moves and is soft and teeth that are hard and solid. Mouths can also […]

Patrick & Mouth-and-Face-games Patrick (age 4 ½ ) adopted ‘mouth-and-face-games’ as if he had been craving for a game like this: Always active, it took some time to get Patrick to sit down or to pay attention to anything. He spent most of the time moving around, from one room to the other, to and fro. To catch his attention I made the most peculiar noise-sequence I could think of with my mouth. He looked up with sudden interest, or […]

A child needs to discover language for themselves In order to be able to discover in himself his own ability to use vocal sounds in order to speak, a child needs to PLAY WITH MAKING SOUNDS in fun ways (not speech play!), by himself and together with another person allow their MOUTH to be liberated from the physical function of infantile eating, so it can be used for experimenting with sounds and vocalizing (i.e. constant sucking, eating, drinking from bottles, […]

Involve your child in preparing food. This helps increase their interest and enjoyment of food. Try not to focus on the amount of food consumed or any ‘messy eating’, but rather on increasing the variety of foods and textures that your child will tolerate. Offer a range of different textured foods with high nutritional value e.g. soft or crunchy fruits and vegetables vs. crisps or fast foods. Make sure that new foods are offered in a fun, non-punitive way. Give […]