Communication Tools

Comic Strip Conversations

Create Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors. ...
What did you say

What Did You Say? What Did You Mean?

The ability to understand metaphors can be a challenge for kids with a variety of isms.  Children with autism, Asperger's or auditory processing isms often have difficulty understanding figurative language.  Children on the autism...
talking train

Talking Train App

Do you know a child who tells too much information? Goes on and on and on (and on)? Goes off topic? One who doesn’t ask questions of their peers? Can’t put events in order?...
Teach Facial Expressions

Understanding Body Language as a Form of Communication

Many people who experience difficulties in communication are not sending or receiving nonverbal cues correctly. They do not always understand that body gestures impart meaning by adding to a statement, emphasizing a thought, or...

Autism and Communication: An Interview with Sondra Williams

Communication is difficult for many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Even verbal individuals with Autism can struggle with communication. It is important to remember that there is more to communication than being able...

Drill, Baby, Drill!

Drill, baby, drill! That can be the first instinct when you are a parent of a child with a communication or language disorder.  When that child is nonverbal and you so desparately want that child...

Helping Autistic Children Learn to Speak and Communicate

We waited for words for the first five years of R’s life. My husband and  I had invested a lot in speech. We had great therapists. We  did all the techniques: Floortime, Hanen, Verbal Behavior... But...