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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How Do Children with Autism Develop Speech? (Hodgdon)

From Linda Hodgdon
Many young children with autism are non-verbal or delayed in developing speech.  Speech Therapy or some type of early intervention program is recommended when those children are identified.

By the time a typically developing child is two, it is generally expected that they will be using some words to communicate.  The vocabulary of the typically developing toddler might contain somewhere between 75-225 words.  When young children do not develop those early words, that is a signal for further investigation.

A recent article highlighted Researchers at Bryn Mawr College’s Child Study Institute who have identified a list of 25 words that they suggest every (typically developing) child should be using by age two.

Here is their list of 25 common words that they say should form the building blocks of a (typically developing) toddler’s vocabulary:

-all gone    -baby     -ball     -banana     -bath     -bye bye     -book     -car      -cat     -cookie      -daddy     -dog      -eye      -hat      -hello/hi       -hot      -juice      -milk      -mommy      -more      -no      -nose     -shoe      -thank you      -yes

It’s an interesting list. . .typical food items, body parts, clothing.  The targeted words are those that are most commonly integrated into early interactions with young children during the course of daily activities.  Of course, the most important words on that list that young children speak are “no,” “yes,” “more” and “all gone.”

After looking at this list I have an important question.  What vocabulary is being targeted in early Speech Therapy or in the early intervention setting for children with autism?  How does that coordinate with this list of early words?

How do therapists, teachers and parents select the vocabulary to focus on when they teach speech to children with autism?

Please comment on your most important vocabulary (on Linda's blog - HERE!!!)

Great Ideas! No Time For Flashcards blog

A hot tip via Chapel Hill Snippets:

No Time For Flashcards heralds itself as a site for hands-on, exploration and craft activities geared to learners in the toddler to preschool range. We tend to work with learners that are often excited by activities that also relate to this young age group. I love it!

Take a look at their panoply of links to Spring-themed crafts, HERE 
(the first 12 of 100+ are included below)
1. Echo, echo!
2. Hidden treasure cake!
3. 20 Boredom Busters for Sick Days
4. Letter Learning Fun
5. 35 Ways to Have Fun Under One
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Playdough
7. Puffy Paint Rainbows
8. Where the Wild Things Are TP Roll Puppets
9. Royal Mail
10. Go on a Smile Hunt with Your Child
11. Easter Egg Sound Set
12. LOTS and LOTS of Easter Activities

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Fav Blog - Chapel Hill Snippets

Chapel Hill Snippets (LINK) is Ruth Morgan,SLP,'s resource hub for sharing activities and materials for building picture-supported communication skills as well as Technology Tutorials (links list below). Many thanks to Holly Schneider, SLP, for this great blog tip!

I like this seasonal selection she links to (from Tarheel Reader) EASTER EGGS BOOK (by Leanna Ritchie) and her ICONS TO GO WITH IT. (HERE is my own comm board, a few more choices) in addition to the Egg Coloring book (below).
Thank you Ruth!

SHARING MATERIALS from Chapel Hill Snippets

 Number Puffs Powerpoint Recipe

Ocean Book Packet

Easter Egg coloring direction booklet

Cats and Verbs---free book and directions for a puppet

 Dogs and Verbs book to download

 Counting Horses + Verbs book to download

What Can Horses Do?  Smartboard lesson to download

Three items from our winter unit to download

 Friendship Hearts---yummy simple recipe booklet

 Snowman, Snowman--Smartboard lesson

 The Very Hungry Reindeer--Printable and Smartboard

 Roll the die; Build a Snowman Smartboard Game

 Christmas Tree Smartboard Activity

Valentine Toast--Recipe Book and communication board 

 Valentine Feelings book

 Counting buttons---low tech and high tech

 Hearts Everywhere---printable book to download

 Love Bug (Smartboard--high tech download, plus link to low tech)

Quick as a Cricket visuals 

 Self Regulation Scale

 Pronouns, people, animals, feelings
printable book and icons

 Pronouns book to print--He, She, They

A streamer rainbow--printable directions and communication board

Links to TECH TUTORIALS from Chapel Hill Snippets (scroll over and click)
Screen Capture of Boardmaker icons to Proloquo2Go (iPad 1)
PC--Boardmaker to Proloquo2Go Tutorial
Saving images from the internet into your iPad
Downloading YouTube videos to edit