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.

  • Connector.

    Desire to Communicate

    There is a strong desire to communicate with their parent or caregiver

  • Connector.


    They have trouble communicating verbally, so the mind searches for another way

  • Connector.

    Right Hemisphere Dominant

    The autistic mind is right hemisphere dominant and more abstract

  • Connector.

    Less Active Neocortex

    The frontal brain lobes, which filter sensory input like intuitive communication, are not as active

  • Connector.

    No Biases

    Not-so-verbal children with autism have no bias about what is normal communication

  • Connector.

    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:

  • Eye


    you’ll see an image of your child drinking a glass of water in your mind.

  • touch


    You’ll suddenly feel drawn to get a glass of water even though you’re not thirsty.

  • ear


    You’ll literally hear your child ask you for a glass of water in your mind.

  • link


    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:
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Learn how to effortlessly communicate with your child with no special aids or tools.

Understand Your Child

For the first time, understand precisely what your child needs before there is any chance of a meltdown.

Calm Your Child

With intuitive communication and understanding comes calmness for you and for your household.

Teach your child

Whether you want to teach your child to speak or how to use the toilet, intuitive communication is a crucial first step.

“Hi, I’m Danelle. As the parent of a four year old child with severe autism, I know how hard this path we walk can seem. It feels like there is always so much to learn and do, and what seems like not enough hours in the day. That’s why I am here to offer you a life preserver, Marci Lebowitz. She has been able to give me answers I was begging for. She understands autism like no one else I have encountered. She can support and empower you, the parent, to change your child’s life. To change your whole family’s lives.”
-Danelle Shouse, Kinsman, IL

“Our son Joseph is our beautiful, bright light and we love him deeply. His autism has caused him to experience severe anxiety. It was very challenging for us to figure out how to calm and help him. We realized we had to be open to alternative techniques for our son, as the traditional options for calming had only taken him so far. Thank goodness we met Marci. She has helped us in so many ways. We all feel so much more connected to our son in much more healthy ways. Her work is absolutely wonderful. I’d recommend Marci to any parent who is searching for how to deeply relate with and understand their child with autism. You’ll be so glad you did!”
-PG, Aurora, Illinois

“The first thing you helped me learn Marci, is that I had to calm down myself and stay as calm as I could when I worked with students with autism because they can get overloaded and anxious so easily. In particular, I have a student that is super-sensitive and can go into instantaneous sensory overload. It’s crazy how fast he freaks out. I learned if I was flipping out at the same time he was, it went nowhere positive except we both escalated. I had to learn to relax and take deep breathes, so I could figure out how to help him. Once I could do that, then I just took your advice and did everything you taught me. I learned to be extremely conscious of how I approached him. I taught my staff that they had to take a step back and calm themselves before they approached him because he feeds on that. It’s absolutely amazing to watch how rapidly he calms down now!”
-Lauren W., Middle School Special Ed Teacher

“It was amazing how many things you helped us with in just three days for our son, Max. The instructions, activities and systems you gave us were totally do-able and made sense to us. It was amazing how you helped us see all of Max’s strengths, how much potential and skills he has. That I can be “in charge” when he becomes aggressive and know how to stop him escalating is incredible. Thank you for all of your guidance, it changed all of our lives.”
-CJ, Utah

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:

Your First Name:

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