8 Communication Tips For Children With Autism


Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can have difficulty communicating their needs and wants. This can make it hard for them to express themselves to others, including their parents and teachers. However, there are ways that parents and teachers can help children with ASD learn how to better communicate verbally with others. Here are eight tips for improving your child’s verbal communication skills:

Use short sentences.

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to remember that your child with autism can’t read your mind. If you want him to do something, be very clear about what you want him to do (in fact, often repeating yourself is necessary).

Remember that when it comes to speaking with your child on the spectrum, less is more. Speak in short sentences and use simple words where possible. For example: “Please put the car back in its place.” Or: “It’s time for dinner now.” Avoid long sentences that could confuse or overwhelm them; instead choose words that are easy for them to grasp and remember.

Finally—and this goes without saying—you should use a calm voice whenever possible as well as one that is quiet but clear enough so they can hear everything being said without straining too hard at any point during conversation (even if there’s noise around us).

Make eye contact.

Children with autism often struggle with eye contact, so it can feel intimidating to teach your child how to make the most of this important social skill. However, you should consider making an effort to do so. Here’s why:

  • Eye contact is a powerful way for us to show others that we are listening and paying attention. It’s also critical for expressing emotions like love and concern in social interactions.
  • When children learn information from their environment, they process it better when they have made eye contact with the person who is teaching the lesson or sharing information about something new or unfamiliar.
  • Children who lack eye contact are more likely than their peers without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) traits in childhood (those with ASD symptoms) but not diagnosed later in life as adults (those without ASD symptoms) during infancy; they may also be less able than those without ASD traits at any age point across developmentally appropriate tasks such as following instructions given by adults such as parents or teachers

Be clear and consistent with what you say.

As a parent, you should be clear and consistent in what you say. By doing this, your child will learn the difference between right and wrong.

Be clear about what you want the child to do by using simple words and phrases. For example: “Please come inside now.”

Be consistent in how you say it by using a calm tone of voice every time without raising it or getting angry at them when they don’t cooperate immediately. Make sure that everyone who spends time with your child understands this rule too!

Repeat what your child says to you.

  • Repeat what your child says to you.
  • Ask your child to repeat what they have said in another way. For example, “I went to the park” could be followed by, “What else did you do at the park?” or “Who else did you go with?”
  • Ask them to use different words for the same thing. For example: “horse” becomes “pony” or perhaps even “sophia’s horse.”
  • Ask them how something is different from something else (a sister’s doll vs a twin brother’s doll). This encourages them not only to consider points of view other than their own but also think critically about situations and situations around them

Use pictures when it is hard to talk about something.

If your child is a visual learner, use pictures to help explain what you mean. If your child is non-verbal or has limited verbal skills, he may not be able to tell you what he wants or needs. Use pictures to help him understand what you are saying and asking of him. You can also use pictures as a way of letting your child know how you’re feeling and as a means of communication when words fail. For example, if they want something but do not have the ability to communicate it verbally yet, draw or make some sort of picture with them so they get their message across clearly!

Help your child break a task down into smaller steps with pictures (or simple words) to explain each step.

  • Break a task down into small steps. When your child is first learning a new skill, it’s helpful to break the task down into smaller steps, and then use pictures or simple words to explain each step.
  • Use visual schedules. If you’re having trouble finding an effective way to communicate with your child about what needs to be done next, try using a picture schedule! This will help them understand and remember what they need to do so everyone is on the same page when navigating daily routines like getting dressed in the morning or making dinner together at night.

It is OK to try something different if what you are doing isn’t working.

If you find yourself trying to communicate with your child and nothing is working, it is OK to try something different. It may take some time to find the right way of talking with your child, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or try something new if what you are doing isn’t working. It is important that children with autism know that it is normal for parents or teachers to make mistakes when communicating; everyone does! It’s also important for them to understand that everyone needs support and guidance in order to learn how best communicate with others – even adults who have been doing it for years!

It’s perfectly fine if one day works out better than another; what matters most is that there has been an effort made towards improving communication between both parties involved (the parent(s) or caretaker(s), as well as their child).

Keeping communication simple can help children on the Spectrum communicate better with you.

For children with autism, communication can be a difficult process. Keeping your language simple and consistent will help them to better understand you and what is going on in their environment.

When talking with your child:

  • Use pictures or gestures to help explain things. This helps the child keep track of what is being said.
  • Keep your statements short, clear and consistent in meaning (for example “eat” not “eat food”).
  • Repeat what you hear your child say to ensure understanding before responding or moving on to another topic. If this isn’t possible because of limited time or sensory overload then try getting back to it later when there is less distraction around them.


As you can see, there are some easy ways to help children on the spectrum communicate with you. Using short sentences, making eye contact, repeating what they say and using pictures are just a few tips that can make communicating easier for your child. It is also important to remember that communication is a skill that needs practice and patience from both sides of the conversation. If these tips do not work for your child or family member, consider seeking out professional help for more information about other strategies that can help improve communication skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder patients