In Honor of Autism Awareness Month, check out my Pinterest boards for Autism and Behavior Management categories. Most 'typical" people learn these social skills incidentally with time and experience, where as those with autism require very discrete steps and patient support with many of these areas to navigate through their lives. Autism Pinterests
Be sure and take advantage of seasonal and everyday speech and language vocabulary and concepts
Teach verbs with action words, regular and irregular verb tense).
The easiest is to actually do the actions, then take pictures of them doing the actions and review later. Next, let them hide and find objects or stuffed animals for prepositions. Books are also a good way to point out actions and prepositions.
RATIONALE; Understanding and giving directions requires a vast knowledge of verbs and prepositions.
Holidays are a great time to help your children boost their speech and language skills.
Your children will learn from everyday events and family game time:
1. Holiday planning, organizing making lists, and follow through with so many things.
You are teaching them "executive functioning skills"as you talk out loud your steps to them. These are higher order skills; steps to making plans, How to organize, How to prioritize, How to make decisions, How to be flexible, making adjustments.
2. Baking time is a great time to learn, set aside time to let little hands help as much as they can. They will learn from you pulling out ingredients, following directions, following procedures, and service as you share your holiday goodies.
3. Gift giving; Let your kids help you see who is on your list, how you make decisions for what they want, how to budget, shop, wrap, and mail, etc.
4. Family events and games; This is loaded with fun learning; learn lots of social skills; how to take turns, ask complete questions how to give answers, knowing when to ask and make clarifications, repair conversation breakdowns, and so much more.
I've discovered a love for Freezer paper. It can print in your printer. It can stick to other PAPER or FABRIC so you can actually print on fabric too. (That will be another lesson). It can stick by ironing it onto other paper and it can liven up stuff you have on hand to use for speech therapy. Here is one activity I made using freezer paper as my basic print. I downloaded Teacher pay Teacher (TpTs) Christmas vocabulary pictures.
Here are the general steps for my Paper "Money Talk" project. 1. Find your image you want to print. 2. Cut your" FEEZER PAPER" 8.5 by 11 inches and run it through your printer, rough side print side up.
3. Cut pictures out 4. Iron pictures onto the paper dollar bills. Only takes about 1 second per picture. it sticks well.
Have the kids say their words 5 Xs for a five dollar bill, 10X with a ten dollar bill, You will get lots of productions. If they get to 100 productions give them a 100 bill to collect to 500-1000 dollar points to earn prizes. (about 2-4 sessions).
I found a new favorite sticky toy. I got them at Target for $2.00 for a set of 12 sticky men in the party section, Walmart has them for $3.21.
Lesson Plan for using these sticky men for any articulation session.
1. Your student or client does warm ups correctly saying their target sound 20-40 times each in isolation for placement, manner and voicing (best used with the SmartPalate System). Check out CompleteSpeech Company for this system.
2. Have your student says his/her word or phrase 5Xs at 80% or greater accuracy first; then they or you toss the sticky man up on the wall, and every time the mad turns,, falls, flips, or moves, the child has to say his target word. You get tons of production.
3. Variation; toss up two different men and they have to say and remember which target word goes with which man that moves.
The beauty of this is for generalization of their speech. The man moves at random times, so the student has to be prepared to say their words at any moment. sometimes they say them many times in a row, other times with more breaks. They get tons of practice. They want to keep tossing the man up over and over again.
I also send one man home with them to carry over their practice. They LOVE this.
Speech and Language can be developed and generalized at home in so many ways.
Home chores are the easiest and highly valuable moments to promote and develops vocational and speech and language skills. Children naturally gravitate towards wanting to "help". We used lots of words; watering can, water, slow, pour, on the dirt, be careful, plant, thirsty, hot, day, more water, help, etc. Basic meal times have traditionally been the main time for families to unite. But recently surveys have shown that less than half the families actually prep together or sit down and eat together.
ASHA Leader Magazine recently wrote; "SLPs can target many speech and language goals associated with food preparation. Useful skills learned by the child include:" Take a minute and think about these skills and see how valuable they are for so many areas in life.
We are in the weeks of the Big Election, the thought "the power of choice"
stood out to me. I actually saw that this ad was written for a local power energy company but it made me think of personal choices for many other areas in life.
This blog deals with speech and language services so I will tie this statement "the power of choice" with parents, teachers and therapists. Each of us may be the first line of defense for bettering a child's life and refer particular help that a child may need at a critical moment.
1. Parents have "the power of choice" for their child's therapy service. They can refer their child for an evaluation at any time they feel their child isn't keeping up and see if the child qualifies for free school speech and language services. They then can seek out other additional private therapy if they wish. Research shows that early intervention is the way to go. Of course, It's never too late to get help. ASHA Developmental Norms, Milestones from Michigan University, Speech Sound Disorder Chart
2. Teachers see many children so they have a good idea what skills are being met or not. They may be the first to refer a child for testing too. Most schools have a tier method where the teachers will try a few extra supports to see if the child responds to the support or will need more direct intervention. Milestones ProEd
3. Therapists have an obligation to refer parents/clients to more testing if they observe deficits or referral to other professionals (not in their scope of practice) as needed. This may save a child's life literally. I've only referred parents to specialists when three out of three questions confirmed a need to refer them. In every instant it was needed. Pediatric referrals for speech