Treating Cluttered Speech in a Young Child

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Re: Natural Signs

From: Lynne Shields
Date: 25 Apr 2010
Time: 19:22:12 -0500
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Sarah, Thanks for your question. We worked on eye contact to both address social language skills, as well as to allow her to observe facial expression as an indicator of a need for her to speak more clearly. A confused or quizzical look is one sign that most of us understand to mean that our listener is not following what we have said, and so we will repeat or revise what we've said. Since Claudia presented with mild autism, she avoided eye contact, and that was a problem in and of itself, but also prevented her from making use of nonverbal request for repair. The other natural signals ("huh" or "what") were also included, as those are common things that kids and adults use as an indicator that they didn't understand the speaker, and we wanted her to be able to interpret those signs, as well. Best wishes, Lynne

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