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Natural Consequences

We attach meaning to words by what occurs when they are used. To teach language, the communicative partner should provide an animated reaction to the utterance, provide the requested activity/or item, or somehow in some way provide an appropriate response to enhance the meaning of the uttered word. The consequence provided needs to be intrinsically rewarding for the child. Responses that are playful, fun, or involve the interests of the non-verbal individual will keep them engaged much longer than activities that are rote, drill, and compliance based.