On Not Talking
There are times when a brief pause is just what is needed. In AAC intervention, sometimes a pause is more powerful than anything we can do or say. More effective than us repeating or rephrasing, because those can interfere with processing. More helpful than a question or a mand, because overuse of those can build learned helplessness. Focused attention. Quiet bodies. A few seconds of silence.
Provide access to AAC with sufficient vocabulary.
Provide an eliciting context.
Provide a space for the communicator to process and respond.
There is power in the perfect pause.
Filed under: PrAACtical Thinking
This post was written by Carole Zangari