How To Get My Child To Request Verbally? – AutismSTEP
There are different methods for a child with ASD to learn to communicate – sign language, PECs, using an electronic device with voice output, etc, but it’s important to focus on teaching the child to express themselves verbally.
Motivation is the key to learning verbal communication. It is very important to know what motivates the child. It could be a toy, activity, social praise, favourite food, etc. These motivators should not be given free flow and it’s encouraged to be only given when you are teaching the child to express himself or herself verbally.
Very often, we see that the child has found other methods of getting what they want like crying or whining.
The child may also have his or her needs addressed in advance and therefore there is no need for them to try to speak to express his or her wants and needs.
Teaching verbal requests is very important. To help your child learn, you need to:
✔️Focus on specific words at first to let the child know that verbal gets him what he wants and you’ll be moving on to a full sentence later.
✔️Be ready for multiple trials and fails.
✔️Reward the child even If the child may not be able to say the full word, as long as they’re only able to make the first syllables sound. The key is to get them to understand verbal gets them what they want.
✔️Use PECs as a visual prompt and always fade it as soon as you can, once the child is able to make the sound, as you don’t want him to be over-reliant on PECs
✔️Do not say “no” to the child but always use encouraging words like “good try”
✔️Create multiple situations for the child to use his or her words so that you have a chance to reinforce him or her for expressing himself or herself verbally.
Teaching a child to speak takes time and a lot of repetition and should be a fun activity between the child and an adult. If you have any questions or you are in need of assistance, feel free to reach out to us on email@example.com