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Communication can be difficult for some people with autism. They may have difficulties initiating interactions or responding to others. Processing time is often affected so it may take the person with autism longer to react to conversation.
The person with autism may communicate vocally or they may use other systems such as sign or a voice output communication device (VOCA). Find out more about individual communication methods here. Every individual will have their own preferred method of communication, here are some simple things you can do to support them:
Behaviour is a form of communication. People with autism may display different behaviours to try to communicate their needs, wants or feelings. Some of these behaviours can be perceived as challenging and may affect their wellbeing or the wellbeing of those around them. Understanding why these more serious behaviours occur is an important step to preventing harm and helping to find alternative and more effective means of communication. For more information on behaviour as communication click here.