Communication Is A Complex Developmental Disorder Essay

721 Words Jun 11th, 2015 3 Pages
Imagine a world in which your voice could not be heard or a world where no one understood the language that you spoke. Would you be able to communicate your wants, needs, and thoughts to others? Many people on the Autism spectrum struggle with these issues every day and are often misunderstood because of their difficulty with communication and social interaction. Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects 1 in 88 children during the first three years of their lives. Faced with the challenge of being heard, many are forced to find alternative ways to communicate because one cannot not communicate. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I have been working with the autistic population for the past eight years and have learned quite a bit about language through the eyes of these amazing children. They have taught me that language does not have to be spoken in order to be heard or understood. Our students communicate verbally and nonverbally. Verbal communication is communication by the use of sound and language and nonverbal communication is communication by the use of pictures, facial expression, gestures, and sign language. To a stranger, the sounds and actions of our students may seem insignificant, but in reality they are the languages of our students. Their behaviors are a form of communication and are usually a result of an inability to be understood by others. Many of our students are visual processors as opposed to verbal processors, so we use…

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