Verbal Skills

49. Low verbal Intelligibility

Our daughter has an extensive vocabulary but her intelligibility is low to the unfamiliar listener. In the early grades, her peers interpreted for her. About 3rd grade, her speech pathologist created a picture book so she could communicate basic non-contextual messages to her classmates and the general education teacher. As her reading ability increased, she would also write out what she needed to communicate.

50. Lack of Spontaneous Communication

Our child was able to participate in the general education classroom but was not able to communicate how his day went. We used a communications notebook that went back and forth between teachers and parents. We also used e-mail, phone, and personal visits. We communicated. Teachers, talk to the parents of your students with disabilities.