Always Presume Competence (Part 1)

Teaching Language and Communication to Autistic Children

Teaching language and communication to autistic children who are non-verbal can be extremely challenging. When it appears that all our efforts to teach them to speak are in vain and no progress is noted, we can be tempted to think that there’s no hope of improvement and that a child may stay at that level of communication for the rest of their lives. I have learned, however, that no matter what the challenge, we should always presume competence, because that child may just surprise us. 

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