The environment in which young children with disabilities, impairments or impediments which prevents them from communicating verbally in a conventional manner with mainstream society is convivial and safe. The environment in which these special children girls and boys with autism or hard of hearing are placed in to receive their necessary verbal behavior therapy is also positive and encouraging for them.
It is a versatile environment. The environment in which these special children are placed in is designed to help them develop and put into practice a necessary set of skills and communications strategies or gestures that empower them to operate in a conventional environment as close to normal as possible. The core value expressed by the dedicated and special skills teachers is the recognition and appreciation of meaningful methods of communication being the foundation for enjoying a normal life that other kids may only take for granted.
The environment in which young disabled children are taught is safe and conducive to being positive and always encouraged to achieve the outcomes set by their teachers and parents. After a while, such outcomes are taken ownership of by the children themselves. A degree of inventiveness is still required to help these kids develop new skills and habits that empower them to act and communicate in as close to a normal manner as possible with their peers, siblings and parents.
In keeping with the friendly and versatile environment, a variety of communication methods need to be introduced to the special child. These include the ability to recognize receiving sound, learning from picture exchange systems, and utilizing non-verbal cues like pointing and other physical gestures that the rest of us take for granted as being natural to our everyday life. Dare it be said that these children receive love while they are being taught?