Augmentative / Alternative Communication (AAC)
American Sign Language (ASL)
Research supports that learning to sign is an amazing first step toward developing vocal speech! We are huge supporters of the use of ASL with children on the autism spectrum and love to marvel in the wide range of developmental skills that often increase on their own without the need for intensive intervention. Many children not only learn to sign and talk, but also learn generalized imitation skills, learn to make eye contact while signing and even learn to initiate and respond to joint attention! We have witnessed the many miracles of teaching ASL to children on the spectrum. We love to sign and would love to help your child and family to sign too!
Despite early intensive behavioral intervention, some kiddos have such extensive motor impairments that they don't learn to talk or to sign. Never fear, because non-vocal does not mean non-verbal! We can help give your non-vocal child a voice by teaching him verbal skills with the use of an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) device, such as the Proloquo2Go app for the iPad. This innovative tool is an affordable and user friendly alternative for families seeking to communicate with their loved ones. Lotus Behavioral Interventions is a proud resource for AssistiveWare users and would love to teach you how to use one with your child!