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Published on Sep 23, 2011
Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism. Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times. Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words. But, speech and language begins well before words come out. Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing. In part 1, we used the acronym HAWK to describe the need to listen to and identify noises. In part 2, we are addressing the importance of body language in inferencing and interpreting speech.