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News from the Hoffmann Foundation Autism charity London - Hoffmann Foundation

Ways of Communicating

Written on 19th May 2015 by Hoffmann Staff

Communication is a very difficult trait for people with Autism, Asperger’s Sydrome and other learning disabilities. Using slang is very difficult. For example, describing something as ‘cool’ means cold; if you ask someone to ‘grab a chair’ they will simply grasp it without moving its position. Some people with Autism can take things very literally. About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs. However, there are methods that have been developed to help them communicate.A few of these can be through magazines, newspapers,  A facilitated communication board, using the touch chat app, singing, Makaton, symbols, objects, drawing and many others. I would like to discuss three of the methods mentioned, and go into further detail.


  • Makaton is a language program designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking. The Makaton language concept has been effectively used with individuals who have problems communicating that have negatively affected the ability to communicate. The Makaton Language program uses a multimodal approach to teach language and literacy skills, through a combination of speech, signs, and graphic symbols.

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(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7LRKFeuSh4)

 

  • Facilitated communication board is a technique used by some caregivers and educators in an attempt to assist people with complex communication disabilities. The technique involves pointing to letters on an alphabet board so that the person with the communication disability can communicate easily and express what they are trying to say.

     

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=279h9QJ9ptw)

     

  • TouchChat is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have

    difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals who have a disability that affects their ability to use natural speech. The user is simply required to tap on the words they wish to express, and then the app will forge them into a sentence. This is essentially a modern version of Facilitated communication.

     

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfDYHq65NrU)

 

 

 

By Oliver Chan

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