NonVerbal – a. being other than verbal; b. involving minimal use of language; c. ranking low in verbal skill.
Verbal – a. of relating to or consisting with words; of relating to or involving words; spoken rather than written.
We have been working with Dana Johnson, a brilliant Occupational Therapist who has a practice in our neighborhood called Interplay. I actually owe my change of heart in using the term “nonspeaking” to her. Dana introduced a method of communication called, “Letter Board Spelling” to us to try with Richie. With this method, we learned that Richie is incredibly intelligent and pretty good at spelling (something we didn’t know). He’s funny, has an incredible sense of humor, and he wants to learn. At this time, Richie is minimally speaking, but we know he has so much to say and share with us. Our family, therapists and Richie are working hard together to help Richie improve his ability to communicate effectively with us and others. In the meantime, we all wait patiently for that day to come.