I am wondering if BrainWorks is effective for nonverbal students. I’m an OT working in a school primarily for students with moderate to severe autism. Most of our students are nonverbal or only able to communicate their wants. Can you confirm that BrainWorks is appropriate for students who cannot express their sensory regulation needs?
Yes, BrainWorks is effective for nonverbal students with limited communication skills. Since sensory input is inherently rewarding, it is typically experienced as a want. Therefore, most kids are motivated to use activity cards for communication purposes. The student’s cognitive level and communication skills will determine how you use the program. The tachometer that guides the selection of activities in the BrainWorks Original program is best for kids functioning and communicating at a first-grade level or higher. For kids not there yet, I typically start with a First-Then system or with integrating sensory activity choices into visual schedules.
Example: Jack is a nonverbal
For a student who is unable to make choices, I would consult with the student’s Speech-Language Pathologist to see what she recommends for a process like this.
I hope that helps! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.