Reading to a baby or toddler is a very natural and spontaneous activity which parents enjoy as much as the child himself.
Sadly, many nonverbal toddlers with autism become non verbal adults with whom interaction is complicated and sometimes limited.
Reading to your nonverbal adult holds the same benefits as reading to a young child. It helps with vocabulary development and retention, auditory processing, but it has showed it also has a considerable impact in developing awareness and relaxation.
One particular study shows that nonverbal adults respond more to the reading of poetry than stories. The author read Emily Dickinson poems to his group of adults and observed a gradual improvement of reactivity, awareness, interest.
Parents’ voice have an identity and resonance for the child, adult or youngster and spending a few minutes a day, sitting comfortably, reading poetry out loud is a strong recommendation Mendability gives to the parents using the therapy.
Conversation time, reading time, are part of the therapy and part of the journey to recovery and improved interaction in the family.
Having an aroma diffuser or a scent on your shoulder or his shoulder while you read will add to the impact of the moment.
HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
- Wexler M. A poetry program for the very elderly—Narrative perspective on one therapeutic model. Journal of Poetry Therapy. 2014;27(1):35-46. doi:10.1080/08893675.2014.871811.