Three Useful Tips For Overcoming Communication Obstacles For Students With Special Needs

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Many students are at risk of having their performance suffer as a result of the underlying communication issues they face as a result of the many changes that have taken place in learning formats over the last several years, such as a rise in the number of online courses and alterations to onsite learning settings. Let’s take a look at three of the most important ways of tackling these problems:

  1. Exercises to Improve Your Articulation Skills: Practice with articulation skills should be continued. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) may collaborate with a school teacher and/or construct a home program with the use of SuperDuper articulation tools, which pinpoint the particular sounds and blends that need to be reinforced. If this is a possibility, it is recommended that you take advantage of it.
  2. Visual Reinforcement: Students who struggle with their pragmatic or social skills may have a difficult time comprehending non-verbal communication. When utilizing smart phones or other electronic gadgets, this might be an extremely difficult task. It may be more difficult to “read” facial clues of happiness, sadness, anger, and other emotions included within an email or text message, as well as to decipher the tone of an email or text message. You may be able to aid bridge the gap by employing visual reinforcements for signals, such as emoticons for textual forms or physical supports when using a screen or a phone.
  3. A Time Delay That Is Reasonable: Be sure to allow enough waiting time for a response from the student in the event that they struggle with speech difficulties such as not being able to be understood or stuttering. This will alleviate some of the tension associated with a timed reaction. You also have the option of having additional means of communication on hand.