What qualifies a person as being nonverbal?
If your your child is nonverbal can you please tell me what their communication is like?
Thank you in advance!
When my daughter was non verbal as a toddler she grunted a lot. That's how she communicated. Later, she developed speech but was completely echolalic. She would script entire lines from Strawberry shortcake but was unable to answer questions or ask for what she wanted. She would point at what she wanted and grunt. To me it was the same as being non verbal. She's six now and can talk. Her conversational skills are at the age of a four year old but it's getting better.
Mine says "no no no" and "wow", but in order to communicate, she'll reach out towards something with her whole hand, and if we don't get it on the first try, she screams and hits and will yell "no no no" and go into a full tantrum.
Thank you @A MyAutismTeam Member! This is so encouraging!
A non verbal person is unable to speak any words. But, that doesn't mean that they are unable to communicate. Non verbal individuals may use AAC methods to communicate. Could be with PECS, ASL or an app like Proloquo2Go.
I still sorta struggle with this..... I'm choose to believe if a child at least begins to say a few words by the time they're, say, 2.5.... they're "pre-verbal", as opposed to "non-verbal". I want to believe "non-verbal" would describe a child that has no speech at all and isn't showing any signs for the possibility of speech at some point in their lives. I may be wrong, or just hopeful, but my lil guy is 4 and up to about 10 to 12 words. I consider him "pre-verbal", not "non-verbal". He does have speech, even if it is limited. I do want to point out though, his doctors, therapists or teachers never use the term "pre-verbal".