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Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism

For many children with autism, communication issues are one of the first telltale signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As autism covers a spectrum of challenges, children can present communication issues differently from one another.

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Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism - Autism Parenting Magazine

For many children with autism, communication issues are one of the first telltale signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As autism covers a spectrum of challenges, children can present communication issues differently from one another. Some children might have a large vocabulary and learn to read at a young age but struggle to contextualize what they have read or answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.

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The new school year can be a source of stress for many children and even more so for children with autism.  There are new people to meet, new routines to learn, and all the while having to navigate this real-world environment we call school.  Communicating with your child’s teacher is critical to your child’s success.  After all, you do know your child better than anyone.  You can be a tremendous resource that can help ensure your child has a smooth transition into a new classroom with a new teacher.   Here are some tips to help facilitate good communication between you and your child’s teacher:

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