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Understanding Communication Spectrums to Improve Parent-Child Relationships

autism communication parenting May 10, 2023
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As a child psychiatrist, I constantly seek ways to improve my patients’ lives and build stronger relationships with their families.

Effective communication is crucial for all individuals but can be incredibly challenging for those with autism. It’s important to remember that we all rely on various forms of communication to make our needs and wants known to the world. Different types of communication may come more accessible to certain people in certain situations, so it’s essential to recognize your child’s preferred methods of communication and enhance your own to build a stronger relationship.


Types of Communication

Verbal Communication

This includes spoken or written words and is the most common communication for everyone.

Nonverbal Communication

This includes body language, tone of voice, facial expressions, and other nonverbal indicators that can convey messages without using words. Individuals with autism may find it easier to express themselves through these cues since they often do not have the same verbal abilities as those without autism.

Visual Communication

Visual aids such as images or videos can communicate ideas or feelings without using words. This can be especially helpful for those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally.

Digital Communication

Emailing or messaging on social media platforms is another way to communicate without verbal or nonverbal methods. Video conferencing is also an excellent way for those with autism who often struggle socially to interact virtually with others while still being able to express themselves through digital means.

Sign Language

Sign language is a visual form of communication that uses hand gestures, facial expressions, and body movements to convey meaning between two people who cannot understand each other’s spoken language. This type of communication is particularly beneficial for people with autism because it allows them to express themselves without relying heavily on verbal skills.

Tactile Communication

This involves touching and conveying emotions or support through physical contact. This may include giving hugs or holding hands, which can help children with autism feel more secure in their environment and offer comfort from a caregiver when needed.

Artistic Communication

Artistic forms of communication, such as music or dance, can also be used by those on the spectrum to express themselves in more comfortable ways than verbalization. This allows them an outlet for self-expression that works best for them individually.


Recognizing your child’s unique needs when it comes to communicating effectively is essential for adapting and ensuring they have access to every avenue open to them when attempting regular interactions with peers or adults outside the family unit.

Understanding how different forms of communication work together can go a long way toward helping children on the spectrum succeed at navigating their daily lives successfully.

I have created a psychological flexibility quiz to help you understand your communication style and improve your parent-child relationship.

This quiz is designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in communication and offer strategies for improvement. Take the quiz today and start building a stronger relationship with your child.

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