Expressive Skills Overview
This course will teach you the basic techniques for echoics and expressive object labeling (EOL).
The objective of expressive skills is for your child to be able to independently use verbal approximations, echoics, words, electronic devices, and/or signs to label objects, cards, people, emotions, actions, numbers, letters, shapes, colors, community helpers, opposites, and/or body parts.
Expressive Object Labeling (EOL) Defined
Expressive Object Labeling (EOL) is a great start to teach your child to express himself. It is the starting point to teach your child how to label things and to start talking. You can use many different objects or cards to teach your child how to label them. EOL can be taught in any environment: at home, at school, at the mall, at the zoo, and many more places. Use any chance you can to teach your child to label things. Starting at home with simple objects/cards is a great way to start. Once your child can label the cards/objects at home make sure you take this skill and apply it to “the outside world”. It is important to generalize the items your child has learned. The brain of a child with autism works differently and your child might only recognize, for example, a dog as the one card/object you have shown him. So it is important to generalize and teach your child that, for example a dog, can have many different looks.
What Items are needed?
Picture cards, objects such as toys, household items, clothes, objects used at school. A tablet computer if possible. Smartphones and regular laptops or desktops can work as well for click to talk functionality.
Data and Skill Tracking Sheets
For information on “how to” use the Data & Skill Tracking Sheets, please visit this page here and download forms. You will need these sheets for each lesson below, stored in binder.
Quick Notes About Expressive Skills
Expressive skills are the first step in teaching your child how to talk/communicate. Expressive skills start with echoics which teaches your child how to make sounds by repeating/echoing what you demonstrate to them. After your child gets the general idea of how to make sounds you can move on to combining sounds and then move on to words. Start with simple short words and over time move on to longer words.
Also the expressive part doesn’t always have to be with words it can also be via a sign, PECS, or an electronic device.
The following video course is designed to help parents with ABA techniques used in Autism therapy.
However, this video course is NOT intended to diagnose, insinuate or recognize any “individual” problems with Autism. All advice and demonstrations of therapy in our videos are simply “generalizations and quick tips” for parents dealing with Autism. Autism Support Now has outsourced BCBAs to help with the design of the courses – but the videos are NOT intended to solve, fix or correct “specific problems with Autism” or to replace in home “ABA Therapy”.
About the Instructor
Birka Katic is an ABA implementer in Missouri and has worked in an ABA therapy environment for the past eight years. Birka is the managing ABA Implementer and Instucter for Autism Support Now.