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Posted by JOY on June 23, 2000 at 19:19:56:

In Reply to: Seeking activity ideas for child with speech delay posted by Jake on June 17, 2000 at 15:21:01:

: My wife and I found out last week that our 2 1/2 yr old son, Joey, has mild-moderate autism. It is
: taking a little time to get services started for him (there aren't too many options in my area).

: I would appreciate ideas on what types of activities I can do at home that would help him to
: develop his speech - any idea no matter what it is would be a big help to us.

: Thanks,

: Jake

Dear Jake,

My son was first diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2 1/2 years old. He started to become verbal at around 4 years old. What helped my son was those age appropriate electronic toys that verbalize the answers. Like ABC---A is for apple-- kind of toys. My son has been always fascinated with electronics. Instead of sleeping with a teddy bear or something soft and cuddly it would be a calculator that would comfort him to sleep. Also, sing-along video tapes helped not only how to say a word but also to read. The phonics video helped. And age appropriate computer educational cd. Although he was somewhat of a monotone diction at least he is verbalizing alot now. My son is now 8 years old-- I feel he has come along way when he was first diagnosed with severe autism and being absolutely none verbal--- now he speaks too much that we have to tell him to "shut down" --- he is fascinated with the computer. He now can speak in 3 languages--- well mostly numbers and body parts.

But those activities:
1) verbal electronic toys
2)sing-along videos
3) phonics videos
4) computer educational cds

These have really helped his verbalization and his langauge delay. And of course alot of talking to him practically telling him everything we are doing to every little detail and alot of prompting. Just let him be aware of his surroundings and activites. You'll first think he is not absorbing anythings but he'll surprise you.

But most especially a whole lot of patience and unconditional love. Enjoy every milestone.

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