Communication for Non-Verbal People, Help for Autistic and Stroke Victims

Communication for Non-Verbal People,My mom, having taught for 39 years and having just retired from teaching developmentally disabled students, has become proficient in the area of communication for non-verbal people. Through a series of communication pictures used through a program called Boardmaker, adults and children alike who are non-verbal, either from developmental difficulties or as a result of a stroke, benefit from making their needs known through this program.

Through pictures it has been proven that those who are frustrated with not being able to communicate can now have access to a board that allows them to pick pictures and make needs and desires known. Expressions of appreciation and feelings can also be displayed. With this program, stress is decreased for the patient as well as the caregiver.

A schedule is made, not only to meet the needs of the caregiver, but also to give the Autistic and stroke victims who cannot express themselves knowledge of how the day will unfold. Through a page with three pictures, the person who will be using boardmaker can let the non-verbal understand how the day will unfold communicating through pictures. With autism, preparation for what is to happen lessons the anxiety, and for adults who were stroke victims who once were independent, it allows them more freedom and understanding/control of the day ahead.

It is my mom's desire to help families caring for a non-verbal Autistic person or stroke victim. She wants to be able to teach families how to communicate with the stroke patient or developmentally disabled child/adult. Although rehab may help restore communication in time, for certain patients this program helps relieve frustration in the short term. For others who may never have verbal skills, it allows for more control over their lives, especially as the young mature.

If you're interested in my mom's help, contact me and I'll pass on your email address.


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Jennifer Boncich

Do you help children (5 years old) who are nonverbal due to apraxia? My son is 5 and connot speak.

August 25, 2009 @ 8:07 PM

Christine Wiginton

My dad had a stroke 5 weeks ago and still is not speaking. I am a regular education teacher, but have recently received my Master's in Spec. Education. Because of my recent classes, I am familiar with the boards and am searching for one that he could use--I can make one through Word, but I do not have access to Boardmaker and would be grateful for any assistance. Thank you so very much!!!

August 16, 2010 @ 10:20 AM

Brandi Sutphin

People who are non verbal due to stroke or autism etc, need the help of a Speech Language Pathologist.. While classroom teachers can be of great assistance, please seek help of a certified Speech Language Pathologist.

October 11, 2010 @ 12:23 PM

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