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Autism news: From almost nonverbal to speaking in sentences
January 11, 2022
Dear Friends,

Anyone who’s had a nonverbal child in the family knows how important communication is. As parents, we wish our children could at least tell us what they need or let us know when they’re hurting.

When my younger son was nonverbal, getting him to learn to talk was a big dream of mine. I remember thinking that if we could get him to at least be able to say “yes” or “no”, I would be a happy mom.

Fortunately, we were blessed to find a speech therapist who had a lot of experience. She told me that if he’s ever had any speech in the past, we could get him talking.

We spent a lot of time with different techniques until finally he had the very beginnings of speech. Once he had a bit of speech, she started him on the Moving Across Syllables program.

First she taught him to say one-syllable words, then two syllables, and finally, three-syllable words. With this program, she brought him from the very beginnings of speech to putting sentences together.

For me, this was a dream come true.

Children who have absolutely no speech at all may benefit from some activities in the book that can help to prepare a child to begin the program.

Of course, as with anything, there are no guarantees that every child will be able to talk. But remember what our speech therapist said. If children have ever had any speech at all, there should be a way to get them talking.

If you would like to learn more about Moving Across Syllables, check out my review at the link at the end of this message.

Warm Regards,

Kay Donato Learn about Moving Across Syllables here.

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