Core Communication Skill: Responding Yes or No
For a child with limited communication skills. Being able to express basic wants and needs is very important. Being able to communicate will reduce frustration and potentially lowers the occurrence of behaviour problems.
For a child with limited vocal ability there are several communications that can be explored that include: picture communication, the use of technological devices and sign language. Picture communication is a mode of communication that when taught correctly allows for true communication, by lessoning confusion and increasing clarity.
The focus of this program is to teach the learner to indicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ consistently when asked a question. This program focuses on three question types:
General questions about an object: “Is this a balloon?”
Questions regarding a feature of an item: “Does it have fur?”
Request type questions: “Do you want an apple?”
A detailed teaching guide is provided, and ‘yes’ and ‘no’ templates provided. This program can be practice across environments, including home or school.
It is hope that this program helps to increase the communication skills of other that have meaningful impact on the lives of the learner, the family and support staff.