How to Help a non-verbal child speak

How to Help a non-verbal child speak

By Ayush Henry

There are children who face trouble in verbal communication. Sometimes they are shy and at other times they just don’t want to exert themselves. Parents must be aware of child’s need of verbal development through various strategies. There are several ways to develop verbal skills in non-verbal children. Though initially it may take some extra efforts but with patience and devotion the results will be fruitful.

Use of Simple Language & Interest of the child matters

How to Help a non-verbal child speak

For special needs children, going through the same strategy that has been used for others won’t be a good idea. The process doesn’t work on them as effectively. Children with low verbal skills need different procedure to develop verbal skills. To initiate the process, look for the topics the child might be interested in engaging. Let’s say if a child has interest towards an Elephant toy then it is best to start with the story that has an Elephant as a protagonist. If possible read the story together along with the story’s character figures in simplest language. While in the process of reading notice the following points:

  1. Is child engaged with the story,
  2. Facial expression of the child,
  3. Gestures given out,
  4. Posture maintained (is the child leaned in or leaned out),
  5. Efforts put by child in speaking.

These points will give an idea if the child is engaged and interested. While reading the story, ensure to emphasize more on verbs (action) and let your child follow you. This will not just improve sentence framing but also the child will get better with linguistic abilities.

Use Assistive Technology

How to Help a non-verbal child speak

It’s a universal fact that people learn better when they can see what they are hearing. It makes grasping easier and effective. Children engaged with communication assistive technology finds it a fun way of learning. It escalates their interest to a level that they themselves start getting involved. These devices and apps with pictures produce visual symbols and sounds. Children can use this device to express their thoughts and ideas. And when there are more ideas that need explanation, children initiate verbal process.

Each child has a unique need and a different way of leaning. Let them have a soothing environment and give some motivation for the child to talk. In between mimicking the child’s sound and behavior will encourage them for verbal communication. The more opportunity they get to speak, better they get with time.