Quoting Victoria's Mommy:" I have a daughter that was diagnosed by her school district with autism and sensory processing disorder. ... [snip!] ... daughter to be able to communicate with me and I don't even know where to start. Can anyone give me advice on what to do next? "
My brother is autistic, and when he was growing up we always noticed to most improvement in communication skills when he had good teachers and aides. The differences from year to year were significant. One year, he was in a public school that had a terrible program and he was constantly depressed, the next year my parents moved him to a school with better teachers and suddenly he started communicating a lot better, just because he was happy and felt no need to act out or anything like that. With my brother too, the other thing we learned is we had to change our own expectations of what communication was. We can't communicate with him in nearly the same way we communicate with others, but by doing things together with him more and more, and learning how his mind works, we naturally started to learn his communication style. Also, my brother, as is true with most autistic people, are very sensory aware, so lots of hugs goes a long way.