Teaching communication skills helps your child to get their wants and needs met, improves their independence and safety, and increases their ability to interact with others. Communication comes in many forms, including spoken words, gestures, pictures, use of an augmentative device, and sign language. It is important for caregivers to have a variety of strategies for teaching and encouraging their child to communicate at home.
THE BENEFITS OF PROMOTING COMMUNICATION AT HOME:
- Improved communication skills are associated with decreases in disruptive behavior – Children who can functionally communicate their wants and needs are less likely to feel frustrated
- Working on communication in the home allows children to practice these skills with the people who they spend the most time with
- Skills can be taught and practiced in the context of play, daily activities, and home routines. This allows for teaching that is functional and relevant!