Monday, April 18, 2011

Pictures, Autism, and Language: Using Pictures to Increase Your Child's Language

I'm guest-posting again today, this time over at Joy's Autism Blog. Joy is a mom to four beautiful children, one of whom happens to be diagnosed with autism. When she asked me to write a post to help her recognize April as National Autism Awareness Month, I gladly agreed.

I was first introduced to autism spectrum disorders more then ten years ago in the form of a little boy with Asperger's Syndrome; he stole my heart and made me want to know so much more about the way he saw the world. Since that time, I've worked with countless families of children with autism. Their strength and dedication to their children never fail to amaze me.

The post I wrote for Joy's Autism Blog is about using pictures to help children with autism learn to use generative, creative language in the place of echolalia. You can find it here. Look for another post from me later this month about the early signs and symptoms of autism--information that is crucial for every parent of young children to have. Until then, enjoy poking around Joy's blog; she writes about her experiences as a mom, links up to other blogs and online resources about autism, and is just generally pretty darn cool.


  1. I love Joy's blog :) Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  2. I just came from Joy's blog. great ideas!

    I am a teacher for children with Autism. I love the challenge of trying to turn any lesson into a way to bring out communication for each of my students, whether verbal or not.

    April is Autism Awareness Month. I'm dedicating my blog all month long to Autism.

  3. As the mother of a 4 year old with Autism I've seen just how much having visual cues helps him to form his thoughts - thanks for such a great post!

  4. I will have to swing over and see your post. You're quickly becoming a great resource for me!

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  6. I think pictures help many children learn. Great guest post!

  7. Great Suggestion! looking forward for more!