Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Special Education and Communication Disorders
John E. Christiensen
John W. Hill
The child’s behavioral and communicative skills are comprised of verbal and nonverbal components. The importance of a nonverbal context for smooth communication and interaction is often only evident when it is absent or defective, such as in children with severe behavioral disorders (autistic, schizophrenic). Actions and the way of saying things, rather than words, are essentially important since they are used deliberately or inadvertently to convey feelings or attitudes and determine the effectiveness of social and working relationships.
Rudolph, Christine, "Amounts of nonverbal behavior in students labeled behaviorally impaired and comparison students" (1985). Student Work. 179.