“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”? Helen Keller
Only a small percentage of the brain processes verbal communication. As infants, nonverbal communication is learned from social-emotional communication, making the face rather than words–the most popular means of communication. As children become verbal communicators, they begin to observe facial expressions, vocal tones and other nonverbal elements more subconsciously(wikipedia.org). For nonverbal children, it’s quite the opposite as they cannot read emotions through verbal communication as clearly and rely mostly on very expressive nonverbal communication.
With the help of the Feelings Module, nonverbal children and/or children with Autism allows the expression of emotions and needs through simple interactive icons.The Feelings Module is one of the six specific communication modules offered in CommunicoTool 2 that help assist nonverbal and children with Autism. Users are able to easily express their emotions and needs through simple interactive icons within the app.
Take for example if your nonverbal child is experiencing pain in their head. Simply pointing to his or her head isn’t a strong enough indicator to let you (as the parent) know that they have a headache. The easy interface of CommunicoTool 2 allows your child to simply select the picture and corresponding emotion they’re feeling and show you. This minimizes confusion and miscommunication between you and your child.
Nonverbal and children with Autism may not be able to read others’ emotions clearly and have difficulties conveying their own, but they too have feelings and emotions that can be adequately expressed by about that. So it’s important to try and continue to find more tools and better means to make it easier for them to communicate and easier for parents and even teachers to understand.
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