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Non-verbal (not able to use words) is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of two conditions: Autism and Speech delays.
For kids diagnosed with Autism, Non-verbal (not able to use words) is one of three symptoms related to Speech, Motor, and Milestones according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Speech, Motor, and Milestones among kids with Autism are:
For kids diagnosed with Speech delays, Non-verbal (not able to use words) is one of four symptoms related to Alternate Communication according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Alternate Communication among kids with Speech delays are:
Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Non-verbal (not able to use words)
When parents mention Non-verbal (not able to use words) they also mention these other symptoms:
|Symptom||Frequency||Number of mentions|
|Not making eye contact||Often||11 mentions|
|Developmental delays (behind on expected milestones)||Often||9 mentions|
|Sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis)||Often||4 mentions|
|Walking on toes (toe walking)||Often||4 mentions|
|Not socializing||Often||3 mentions|
|Repetitive movement or behavior||Often||3 mentions|
|Difficulty learning||Sometimes||2 mentions|
|Being irritable||Sometimes||1 mention|
Characteristics of Non-verbal (not able to use words)
How common is Non-verbal (not able to use words)?
Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 14.68% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Non-verbal (not able to use words).
Percentage of kids with Non-verbal (not able to use words) by year of age
This is based on a survey of 1628 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Non-verbal (not able to use words) “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.
|Outcome||Percent of Children||Total Mentions|
|A Few / Several Times|
|Severity||Percent of Children||Total Mentions|
|Not at All|