Do you ever wonder why there are so many misunderstandings created through texting? The bottom line is that texting does not allow for the nonverbal aspects of communication to surface. So when someone texts, “oh great”….does that mean “oh great, that’s wonderful” or “oh great, this couldn’t be a worse time” or “oh great, I am so disappointed but I am really celebrating inside” or many other possible alternatives.
Nonverbal communication includes facial expressions, body language, body contact, eye contact, personal space and tone of voice. Here’s the most impressive part……nonverbal communication has been estimated to contribute to as much as 93% of the meaning of a message. We all know as kids, that your mother’s look could stop you dead in your tracks when you were misbehaving.
Speech and language pathologists are educated in the assessment and development of non verbal behavior. This is an area that is particularly of concern with children who have ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also, children with severe learning disabilities can have difficulties understanding this area and that definitely causes difficulties with peer interactions. If you have concerns in the area of your child’s understanding and use of nonverbal language, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.