"Communication is the most important functional skill that can be taught to any child, including those with autism. As soon as a child is diagnosed with autism, it is beneficial to begin using AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) intervention. Don’t wait for a child to develop speech and then begin to use AAC.
A typically developing child learns to communicate by being immersed in an environment, where other people are using their language to talk to them and talk around them. They choose the words they wish to use from the vast array of language they hear and see used. This is the same for children who are learning an alternative form of language.
There are many symbol systems available and can be presented on both a ‘light-tech’ (paper) version or on a high-tech (technology based) version. It is essential that anyone using a high-tech system also has a low-tech back-up to ensure the symbols are available at all times.
The key step to developing functional communication skills is modeling. This is where adults and peers use an AAC system by pointing to the symbols whilst they are talking to the child."
— Rosie Clarke
Social skills training
Every now and then your child might struggle with social skills and needs some extra support in developing those skills. In those situations, access to a fun, easy-to-use, and engaging online program for children with social learning challenges may help. Training in this area should address important social-emotional skills students need to successfully navigate our social world.
Wide library of topics
Not everyone wants to talk about the same thing. You might have noticed that your child is more likely to communicate when they are doing something motivating to them. It’s important to have a system that provides a wide library of topics to capture the things that are most important to your child, without asking them to look at topics that aren’t important to them.
Use premade topics to get started or create topics that are completely customized to your child.