The Nonverbal System is a twelve week online training course that teaches you how to effortlessly communicate with your not-so-verbal or nonverbal autistic child.
The method of communication I teach is intuitive nonverbal communication.
What is intuitive communication? Intuitive communication is the ability to send and receive messages without the spoken word, and it’s your not-so-verbal child’s first language. Many parents of autistic children have at times noticed signs of this subtle form of communication from their child, but often dismiss them wondering if it was just their imagination. I’m here to tell you that this nonverbal form of communication is very real, and it is the key to truly understanding your child’s needs for the first time.
A prominent neuroscientist, MD, and author, Diane Powell, has been studying and documenting intuitive communication in nonverbal autistic children for many years. The following video of Diane’s is of a nonverbal autistic child practicing intuitive communication with her therapist. Notice that no words are being spoken between the child and therapist, but the child knows exactly what the therapist is thinking.
At first blush, we may assume that intuitive communication is a gift that only certain savants process, but this is not the case. All autistic children without fluent spoken language have the ability to communicate intuitively. The following is Diane Powell’s list of the 6 reasons why not-so-verbal autistic children’s minds are wired for intuitive communication.
Desire to Communicate
There is a strong desire to communicate with their parent or caregiver
They have trouble communicating verbally, so the mind searches for another way
Right Hemisphere Dominant
The autistic mind is right hemisphere dominant and more abstract
Less Active Neocortex
The frontal brain lobes, which filter sensory input like intuitive communication, are not as active
Not-so-verbal children with autism have no bias about what is normal communication
Highly Accurate Senses
They have very accurate sensory systems that pick up on the subtleties that we may not be aware of
We’re all capable of intuitive communication
All of these reasons make not-so-verbal autistic children highly talented at intuitive communication, but this capability exists in all living organisms. From microorganisms, to plants and ants, honeybees, and even our pet cats and dogs, intuitive communication is how life communicates without the spoken word. Intuitive communication is why your dog knows when you’re coming home and greets you at the window sill.
Lucky for us, this means that intuitive communication is also wired into our own DNA. We still may experience it from time-to-time when we sense that a loved one is in trouble or finish a friend’s sentence, but for the most part it’s turned off. I’m here to be your guide for turning it back on, and turning it up so that you can establish effortless two-way intuitive communication with your autistic child. The primary reason I’m so confident that I can teach this to you is your strong desire to communicate with your child. See number 1 above of Diane’s reasons autistic children can intuitively communicate.
What does intuitive communication sound like? Well, sound is just one of the primary methods of intuitive communication. The other two are feelings and imagery. For example, if your child wants a glass of water, the message may come in one of the following four ways:
you’ll see an image of your child drinking a glass of water in your mind.
You’ll suddenly feel drawn to get a glass of water even though you’re not thirsty.
You’ll literally hear your child ask you for a glass of water in your mind.
Some combination of all three forms of intuitive communication.
Below is a video of popular scientist, Rupert Sheldrake, talking at Google about the intuitive communication gifts within all of us.
This all may sound pretty wild…
and you may even be questioning if intuitive communication is even possible. Well, ultimately, this is for you to decide for yourself, but I can assure you of four things:
1. The science is there, and intuitive communication has been studied in autistic children since 1938 when it was first documented in Bo, an 11 year old autistic boy. See my resources page for more about the science of intuitive communication.
2. Intuitive communication is being used every day by parents and caregivers to improve the lives of their autistic children.
3. Mary Ann Harrington, autism specialist, is building a list of people who have witnessed intuitive communication in autistic children. I’m proud to be #68 on the list.
4. Teaching intuitive communication is my life’s work and calling. There is nothing more important to me than teaching you this life changing skill.
- The Nonverbal System’s next online course to teach intuitive communication to parents of not-so-verbal autistic children is scheduled to begin in early Q1 2015. Please fill out this contact form if you would like to receive updates on the course as they become available: