Free Instructional Videos on Autism

Getting Your Child with Autism to Talk
Getting Your Child with Autism to Talk

Steven Wertz describes five things you can do now to get your child with autism talking.


Step 1: Identify Key Words Step 1: Identify Key Words
Steven explains the importance of identifying key items and experiences that your child wants and provides tools to help your child learn these key words.

Step 2: Restricting Access to Increase CommunicationStep 2: Restricting Access to Increase Communication
Steven explains a very important practice that can dramatically increase in your child's desire to communicate. If your child has limited access to key toys, items and experiences, he or she will have a much greater motivation to communicate.

Step 3: Exaggerated EmphasisStep 3: Exaggerated Emphasis
Some children on the autism spectrum have difficulty listening at key times. Steven teaches exaggerated emphasis, a method of helping your child to see and hear you, and become more likely to imitate speech.

Step 4: Pairing words with What They Represent
Step 4: "Pairing" Words with What They Represent

After learning to use key words with emphasis, a third method, pairing, helps your child to understand the meanings of the key words. Steven explains how to do this.

Step 5: Motivate your child to talk using time delayStep 5: Motivate your Child to Talk Using Time Delay
Steven demonstrates a method for dramatically increasing your child's motivation to speak. Time delay methods have been shown to increase the likelihood that your child will try to say key words.