Communication Partner Strategies

  • General communication partner skills:

    • Make sure the student has access to their communication system or has a way to communicate at all times. 
    • Allow plenty of wait time.
    • Do not finish an individual's sentences, unless you ask first. Do not assume that you know what the person is going to say.
    • Pay attention to the individual's facial expressions and gestures.
    • Be honest if you don't understand the individual and give them a chance to clarify.
    • If the communication device or system isn't working, allow the individual to communicate through yes/no questions and choice making.
    • When possible, model words or short phrases on the individual's communication system, to help them learn where words are and how to put words together to make meaningful sentences. 


    Follow their lead: How to be a respectful communication partner (AssistiveWare)


    Partner Strategies: Reading and Responding to a Child's Non-Verbal Signals




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