Getting started with telehealth for early intervention: Learning modules
Non-verbal communication is also very important. We all use different forms of non-verbal communication to express ourselves, such as nodding or shaking our heads, pointing, or other forms of gestures.
Non-verbal communication is also very important for children who are developing language. The early forms of communication that occur before more complex language is referred to “pre-linguistic communication.” It includes all kinds of communication that children use as they develop language.
Encouraging non-verbal communication and pre-linguistic communication are very important to communication development.
It can include communication forms such as:
- Making sounds,
- Showing you an object,
- Pointing to or reaching for an object,
- Taking someone’s hand and leading them to an area or an object, or placing their hand on an object,
- Eye contact or eye gaze shifts between a person and objects, areas, or other people
- and, at times, interfering behavior forms (such as hitting others or biting one’s self).