Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Materials for Working with Children with ASD!

It's Autism Awareness Month!  As some of you may know I have moved my website in October 2013 to communicationstationspeech.com If you have missed it, PLEASE come find me there!  I am no longer updating this blog page any more so you can find your Tip Tuesday and Freebie Friday blogs over there! Since I am still getting a ton of traffic over here at blogspot.com I thought I'd share my autism materials with those of you who are happening upon this site for the first time!!!!!  Check them out below and be sure to follow the links to my newest website.  I hope to see you over there!!!!

Are you working with a child with ASD who is completely isolated from his/her environment, does not respond to his/her name, does not or cannot communicate verbally?  A child who spends most of his/her time participating in stimulatory behaviors?  A child who “seems to be in his/her own little world”?  Are you looking for a way to make that connection, to enter that child’s world and bring that child out and into your own world?  If so, then this is the product for you!  This 47 page PDF explains the 5 main steps to take in order to make an initial connection with the child who seems to be disconnected with the world around him.  It’s a culmination of 12 years of my clinician experience and research of numbers therapy techniques and models. See a detailed list of the pages in this product HERE!

This product is a 64 page PDF reviewing the types and research support for current behavioral and naturalistic therapy techniques used to move children with autism spectrum disorder from a pre-verbal state to verbal communication.  This  product is perfect for new clinicians, educators and clinicians unfamiliar with therapy techniques for nonverbal children with autism spectrum disorder, and seasoned clinicians and educators looking for information regarding various techniques and research support.  See a detailed list of pages in this product HERE!

This 24 page PDF file is a basic view of sensory processing needs of children with ASD and what speech-language pathologists must understand so as to meet the sensory needs of their students in order for learning to occur.  This file addresses incidence of sensory processing issues in children with ASD, the implications for speech therapy, definitions of sensory processing and sensory processing disorder, filtering issues and the effects on self-regulation, self-regulation and learning, hyper- and hyposensitivity related to sensory needs, how to work with students with sensory needs, available sensory processing checklists to evaluate sensory needs, and examples of classroom accommodations for children with sensory needs. See a detailed list of pages in this product HERE!

This 45 page PDF file provides an extensive list of ideas, strategies, accommodations, modifications, and activities any speech-language pathologist can implement within the therapy room, before or after therapy, in the classroom setting, private practice, or home-based therapy in order to meet the sensory needs of their students/clients.  This presentation assumes the reader has a basic knowledge and understanding of sensory processing differences and deficits as well as what it means to be hyper- or hyposensitive in each area.  If you are new to this information, please refer to Sensory Needs and ASD: What EVERY SLP Should Know! for all you need to know on this subject. Practical Ways to Meet Sensory Needs of Students in Speech Therapy Room! addresses the typical behaviors associated with EVERY area of sensory processing difference/deficit including hyper- and hyposensitivity in auditory processing, visual processing, vestibular processing (including movement and muscle tone/coordination), tactile processing, oral processing (taste), olfactory processing (smell), and proprioceptive processing (including sensory seeking behavior and difficulty with movements and fluidity).  It also addresses the correct of fidgets in the school/therapy setting.  With this product as a guide, any clinician or educator can meet the sensory needs of their students in real time using practical strategies.  See a detailed list of the pages in this product here!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Get your Tip Tuesday and Freebie Friday at my new website!

Don't forget to head on over to my new web address for your weekly Tip Tuesday and Freebie Friday posts!!!!

Also when you are on my new site, remember to click the Bloglovin' button THERE and follow my blog from that new site!!!!  If you have followed this blogspot.com blog, you will have to unfollow and follow my new site.  I'm so sorry for the inconvenience but I don't want you to miss out on all the freebies and information posted there!

Thank you,
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Are you looking for your TIP TUESDAY blog post??? Well guess what?!  I'm having a GIVEAWAY on my new blog website!  Click here to head on over and enter today!!!! 

Winner will be announce in this week's Freebie Friday blog post (10/4) so enter today.

I hope you win!!!! 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

I've Moved!!!!

If you are looking for your newest Tip Tuesday or FREEBIE Friday posts...head on over to my new website Communication Station: Speech Therapy and check it out!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tip Tuesday: Using Big Block Singsong in speech therapy!

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I've been thinking about blogging about this topic for a while now as it is just a fun therapy activity you can do with your young kiddos.  Have you ever watched the "Big Block Singsong" shorts that play on a few of the children's channels or on youtube?  

These shorts are colorful, fun, engaging animations that are only a few minutes long.  Each short consists of a song that teaches young children about various age-appropriate topics.  Depending on your student's cognitive level and language skills, I could see these animated clips being used for children PK-early elementary ages.  You can find these cute "big" blocks singing about:

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  • animals
  • body parts and senses
  • being brave and trying new foods
  • coping with feelings of anger
  • other emotions such as happy and sad
  • concepts of same vs. different
  • fruits vs. vegetables (and healthy foods)
  • occupations (magician, farmer, etc.)
  • and so much more

How do I use Big Block Singsong for therapy?

1.  First, I introduce the topic/theme
2.  Then we watch the big block singsong animation that goes along with that theme
3.  We talk about what we learned from big block singsong
4.  Replay the clip and sing along (repetition) 

Want to check it out for yourself?  Here is a link to one of my personal favorite episodes on youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrwxTedNwCQ 

The clips can be used to teach so many skills:

  • categories (animals-farm/ocean/forest, foods-fruits/vegetables)
  • time concepts (night/day)
  • concepts (same/different)
  • emotions (what they look like, what things might make us feel a certain way, how should be handle each emotion)
  • social skills (trying new foods, coping with anger, meeting/making new friends, being friends with someone who is different than I am, etc.)

Have you ever used "Big Block Singsong" in your therapy?  If so, how did you use it?  Do you have any tips for us?  Comment below!

Enjoy and happy singing and learning!!!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

FREEBIE Friday: Recalling Sentences with increasing length!

I made this quick worksheet for one of my clients who has demonstrated some auditory recall and working memory issues in the past.  After I read each sentence to my client with his eyes closed (he depends on visual input so much he gets distracted sometimes), I had my client visualize each scene.  As each sentence expanded with information, I would ask my client to add those salient pieces of information to his visualization.  Finally I would have him attempt to repeat the sentences after 1 repetition.

That is just one way to use the from.  You can use this worksheet in many different ways and for students you suspect have ADP, auditory memory/recall difficulties, or for students who struggle to listen for key words.

Happy talking!!!!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Little Saint's PK: Alphabet Fun!

Alphabet Fun was the my son's home PK theme the past two weeks (with Labor day in there and taking a long weekend away this past weekend, it took us two weeks to do all the fun activities that went with our theme).

Here is a picture of some of the fun books we read about letters!  My son is HUGE fan of the Alphabet Adventure/Mystery/Rescue books by Audrey and Bruce Wood (I purchased these via Scholastic books last year but you can get them on amazon as well if you are interested).  I TOO love them! These books are great b/c they target the lower case alphabet (which I LOVE as most of the letters we write/type are actually lower case) in a fun adventurous story line for children.  So if you are looking for some new alphabet books, I recommend checking these out!

In our book bin this week we has some older books as well.  All were super fun to read and re-read!

One thing I like to do with my son is read each book first, then re-read it and we discuss what sound each letter makes and think of words or find pictures of in each book that begin with that sound.  Finally, we spent some time tracing the capital and lower case letters in the book "Eating the Alphabet" by Lois Ehlert.  Isn't that little chubby hand so cute?!  I love my son's little fingers!!!

We of course read our daily scripture (for those of you who missed my first installment of this PK program you can read all about it here) and discussed the lesson emphasis each day.  The emphasis was basically that we speak in words and words are made up of letters.  Some other fun activities we did were: 

Name letter sequencing:

As you can see I wrote each letter of my son's name on a fish card and he used his name tag to put the letters in the correct sequence.  He was a proud by when he was finished! :)

Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom! and art project:

The letters are climbing up the coconut tree!  We talked about each letter and the sound it made as he stuck each sticker on the "tree"!

My son tried very hard to cut out the coconuts along the circular line!  Great practice for fine motor skills!

We added our palm tree leaves and voila'...our coconut tree is complete!

Alphabet Soup:  

We made some alphabet soup simply by scooping up each letter and matching it to the correct letter in the bowl.

B/c we are incorporating religion at home, we made alphabet soup for the family and God, Mary, and Jesus.  

Add some veggies and a spoon and we've got ourselves some alphabet soup! Almost good enough to eat!

By the way, after we were done with our alphabet soup we spent some time playing rhyming games with these names.  Remember the name game song?  Well that's what we did!  "Mommy, mommy, bo, bommy, banana, fanana, fo, fommy, fe, fi, fo, fommy, Mommy!"  Great for early literacy skills!

Our Names in HIS book:

We talked about how God made each of us special and that our names are written in His book in heaven just waiting for use to come home.  I used some pipe cleaners to make each letter and my son had to match them up to his name!

Initial's fun: 

My son used glue and scrap paper to make his initials!  We had to discuss what initials actually were and how his looks different from mommy's and daddy's initials b/c our names are different.

Magnet letters and tracing:

This was a cool activity I saw somewhere before...maybe on Pinterest.  I can't exactly recall but it was NOT my original idea.  My son used some magnetic letters and a highlighter to spell out and trace our names! (p.s. the F letter was one of the extra letters he had to choose from a mix to spell his name.  He of course did not choose any letters that did no belong in his name but I didn't move it before I took this pic...oops!)

Sidebar:  Boy activity:

My boys worked hard repainting my son's train table first with magnetic pain, then with dry erase board paint so we can NOW draw, write, and stick magnets to the bottom of his train table.  Oh what fun we will be having in the future!  Well done boys!  the table looks great!!!

So that was our last two weeks in a nutshell.  You can see how language as well as phonemic and phonetic awareness was incorporated into almost every activity this week!  All of these activities are easily adapted for your own home practice or for speech therapy.  Next week I'll share with you the fun activities we are doing this week as we learn about our 5 senses!

Happy talking and learning!
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