Having a child with limited verbal skills can be challenging. Parents become skilled at interpreting for their child and understanding their desires, but there are times when parents too, are at a loss to understand. And if there are times when the parent is at a loss, imagine the challenges for a new teacher or caregiver.
It is frustrating not to know what is upsetting a child or causing them to be anxious. It is disheartening to guess at every single thing. It makes nonverbal communication, behaviors, and body language even that much more important to understand.
As parents, it is important for us to communicate as much as possible about our child’s communication meanings and methods with teachers and other caregivers. As parents, we can provide the most accurate information about caring for and understanding our child. When parents share as much of this information as possible, it makes life easier and more peaceful for our child.
Below are some ideas for sharing with caregivers.
Anything – big or small – you can share with a caregiver or teacher will help your child be better understood and cared for. And in the end, better care is really what we all desire for our child.
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