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ohktg42 karma

What is your best advice to people who wish to communicate with non-verbal people? I teach art to students with severe autism, many of them are non-verbal and are unable to use any form of communication devices. Frequently I will ask them questions or say things even though I know they won't respond verbally. Is this rude? The student usually responds joyously so I continue to talk to them.

ohktg19 karma

Thanks for the response! I'll just continue talking to everyone the same. :)

ohktg6 karma

We have various communication devices and programs (individualized for each student). However, there are many who are unable to even understand how to use the device and are working at a much more basic level of pointing to a picture of what they need (which can also be a difficult task).

ohktg5 karma

No worries! :)