What are some ways to understand your
child's needs if they cannot or do not communicate verbally?
With younger and less verbal children, you may need to interpret facial expressions. Asking your child specific questions can help draw him/her out and communicate more freely. Instead of "What did you do today?" you might ask "What was your favorite thing you did today?" Then ask for more details.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009