How to Improve Language Development in Autistic Children

April 28, 2023

Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) struggle with communication and language, which can be frustrating for both the child and their parents. 

Difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, such as using and understanding language, making eye contact, and interpreting facial expressions and body language, can make it challenging for children with ASD to form and maintain relationships and to navigate certain social situations. 

This can lead to feelings of isolation and confusion, as well as behavioral issues that can further complicate communication. 

As a parent of a child with autism it can be challenging to understand how to successfully support your child’s communication needs and find effective strategies to help your child with  language development. 

However, there are some strategies that you can implement to help your child enhance his/her communication skills, such as: 

  • Working on Vocabulary in Everyday Settings 

There are various ways to introduce a new language into your child’s daily routine. One approach is to establish a word of the day, where you teach your child a new word along with its definition. You can then use the word in a sentence and encourage your child to create their own sentence utilizing the word of the day. This not only helps your child with language development, but critical thinking. 

  • Play-Based Learning 

Children can learn new language and communication skills through play-based learning. Playing pretends and certain language development games can expose your child to new words, phrases, and turn-taking conversation. You can also encourage your child with ASD to play these games with their peers or siblings. 

  • Enroll Your Child in ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a treatment approach that can be used to support your child with ASD through language development and other behavioral interventions. By taking a structured, systematic approach to teaching language and communication, ABA therapists use techniques such as visual aids, modeling, and reinforcement to encourage age-appropriate language development. 

ABA therapy can also help reduce problem behaviors that interfere with communication and target specific communication goals, such as increasing vocabulary and improving conversational skills. 

If you are ready to enroll your child in ABA therapy, we are here to help–remember, early intervention is best! 

At Step Forward ABA we are proud to provide custom ABA therapy interventions to children throughout the state of New Mexico. Focusing on developing several different skills, including language development, behavioral skills, social skills, and more, our goal is to enable your child to step into his/her full potential. Contact us today to chat with an ABA therapist about your child’s language development needs. 

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