Communication

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  1. All children want to communicate.
  2. Every sound tht your child makes is language.
  3. Even though you may not understand your child’s language, he is trying to talk to you.
  4. If your child could speak perfectly, he would.
  5. Many brain-injured children have trouble speaking due to breathing problems.
  6. Many brain-injured children have trouble speaking because they are too sensitive to everyday sounds and this affects their ability to retrieve the words the need.
  7. Brain-injured children often have trouble organizing what they want to say.
  8. When you want a response from your child, please give your child time to prepare himself so he can make a sound or say a word.
  9. Brain- injured children become frustrated when they cannot communicate, and this can lead to behavior problems.
  10. Children who cannot yet talk or talk clearly can communicate by pointing to or looking at written choices.
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  1. Include your child in all conversations.
  2. Give your child choices to respond to throughout the day (such as “Do you want an apple or pears?”)
  3. Listen closely to your child.
  4. Wait for your child to respond.
  5. When your child makes a sound or says a word, respond to him.
  6. Accept his speech as the best he can do at that moment.
  7. If your child cannot yet talk or has a difficulty speaking, provide him with a choice board containing written choices to help him communicate fully (such as board with YES and NO).
  8. When you do not understand your child, try to figure out what he is saying and then confirm it by letting him point to or look at the choice board.
  9. Provide a quiet environment so that it is easier for you and your child to communicate.
  10. Give your child plenty of time to complete his thoughts.
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  1. Do not ignore your child when he is trying to speak.
  2. Do not allow others to ignore your child when he is trying to speak.
  3. Do not interrupt your child while he is speaking.
  4. Do not ask your child to repeat what you just said.
  5. Do not ask your child to repeat what he just said.
  6. Do not correct or criticize your child’s speech.
  7. Do not put your child on the spot to speak. (For example: “Say goodbye to the doctor” or “Recite your poem for your grandmother.”)
  8. Do not ask the same question over and over again. (For example: “Where’s Daddy?” or “How old are you?”)
  9. Do not imitate your child’s speech.
  10. Do not rush your child when he is speaking to you.
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