Gestures, Body Language, Cues, Behavior


Gestures in AAC by Mary Hunt Berg. Article on the use of gestures, including a continuum of gestures, teaching gestures, development of gestures, and ten reasons to encourage gestures.

Enhanced Natural Gestures by Stephen Calculator. Messages from Miah: A UNH professor teaches silent children to communicate by Jake Chapline. "With enhanced natural gestures, you begin with gestures that the child already uses," Calculator explains. "For example, a child might be observed lifting a cup to her mouth with two hands. Her use of the same gesture in the absence of physical contact with the cup would constitute an enhanced natural gesture.”

Gesture Therapy for Aphasia. GeST - Computer Gesture Therapy Tool for People with Aphasia. Tool developed by researchers at City University London in consultation with users with aphasia.

Behavior, Body Language and Cues

Behavior as Communication – When all else Fails by Sue Rubin. Sue Rubin, a college graduate on the autism spectrum and consultant on communication and autism, writes about mistakes that can happen when people interpret all behavior as intentional communication.

Common 'problem' behaviors and speculations about their causes, Ruth Myers, MD, James Salbenblatt, MD, Melodie Blackridge, MD. List of behaviors commonly seen as problems and possible biomedical causes.

BEHAVIOR IS COMMUNICATION: ARE YOU LISTENING? By Cynthia Kim, Musings of an Aspie blog. Cynthia Kim writes about a wide range of emotions and messages that are communicated in various ways by people on the autism spectrum, and common errors in translating the meaning.

A Message to Novices and Strangers to ASD: Look for Behavioral Communication by Beverly Vicker, Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA). Article about working to understand an individual’s actions and their possible meanings, with examples and possible meanings for illustration.

What does “behavior is communication” mean and what are some examples? By Mike Mayer. Since not all behavior is intentional communication, one may misinterpret what a particular action by an individual means. This video with Mike Mayer provides some examples to consider: What does “behavior is communication” mean and what are some examples? (captions and transcript). Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (MNDDC)

The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, & Body Language Cues From Adam's-Apple-Jump to Zygomatic Smile By David B. Givens © 2005 (Spokane, Washington: Center for Nonverbal Studies Press) Items in this Dictionary have been researched by anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists, psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians, and others who have studied human communication from a scientific point of view.

PrAACtical Thoughts on Challenging Behavior: Things To Think About by Robin Parker, PrAACtical AAC blog. Five questions to ask, plus links to other resources.

Nonverbal Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Experiencing GERD [gastroesophogeal reflux disorder]: From Infants to Older Adults by Wendie C. Medina, DNP, RN, APN-CNS, CRRN. IJNIDD – International Journal of Nursing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2005; 2(1):2. Website: Clinical review article about the challenge of diagnosing GERD in individuals who are unable to report symptoms due to severe communication disorder and presumed intellectual disability. No test is definitive. Diagnosis relies on patient report of symptoms and of relief after treatment. Risk factors, reflux symptoms, behaviors that have been linked with GERD in studies.