I'm posting this for a friend.
"My son is autistic and was just given the additional diagnosis of Language Processing Disorder. We also found out he is missing a chromosome and has an extra chromosome. I was told that signing with him would help and he picked on a sign that the pathologist did while talking to him. She said we need to talk to him in a different way and he really responded to the way she talked. Instead of saying "Lets go to the park" we need to say it like " Lets...go...to...the...park..." It has to be REALLY REALLY slow one word at a time enunciating each word very very clearly. Even just doing that with him this evening and tonight has helped. You can just tell that it's finally "clicking" he gets such a joyous look in his eye that he's getting it. It's like FINALLY! haha.
He can repeat almost anything you say but he can't really talk to you or have a conversation. He'll come up to you and tell you things other than his needs/wants it's random out of context things.
I'm going to have a conference with his teacher when spring break is over and telling her all of this. I'm REALLY hoping they'll talk to him like this and it will help there too. Considering it takes more time and there are 16 kids in the class I'm not sure if they will. ( He's not making progress and loses information/skills often. When she tested him on his alphabet he knew nine letters she tested him again the next day to try and raise his score and he didn't know a single letter. He has loss of skills too. ) They are evaluating him at school to see if he needs the autism room and I'm thinking this will increase his chances of being put in there.
Do you think introducing signs would set him back with his talking? What signs should I introduce first? How often should I introduce more signs?
Quoting autism_mommy:" I'm posting this for a friend. "My son is autistic and was just given the additional diagnosis of Language ... [snip!] ... signs would set him back with his talking? What signs should I introduce first? How often should I introduce more signs?"
No!!! That is such a huge misconception. I'm glad you're getting answers, mama!