Hazelwood College, Dromcolliher, Limerick
Autism and Communication
Communication is a multi-faceted, complex interaction involving mastery in many of the following,
• Understanding non-verbal cues
• Command of tone of voice
• Command of facial expressions
• Understanding different purposes of conversation
• Sense of humour
• Familiarity with social courtesies
• Making the abstract concrete
• Visual structure and predictable routines
• Activities that provide support for language abilities
• Interactions that provide focus on peers and self-awareness
Communication can, therefore, be challenging for many autistic young people. Many want to be socially interactive, make friends and form relationships, be included within the classroom and wider community, but find it difficult because of the many social conventions needed to achieve effective communication.
Young autistic people experiencing such difficulties may find it hard to understand the messages being given, such as the meaning others put into their voice, the expressions on their faces, and gestures such as waving, pointing or shrugging.
Participants will have an increased understanding of
• How communication is defined.
• Communication difficulties
• Best practices in supporting the young person in the classroom, family home and wider community
• The importance of visual information as it remains available long enough to enable the young person to focus on it or return to it as needed to establish memory for the message it is communicating.
• Visual tools provide a non-transient foundation for more effective communication.
• How to use the strengths of the autistic young person to help him or her communicate effectively.
Hazelwood College , Dromcolliher , Limerick