Everyone loves power. Everyone needs words to attain power. We can empower our children with ASD by giving them POWER WORDS or we can leave them powerless.
Teaching skills to children with ASD is not enough. Colors, months, dates, counting, are not what make a person successful and functional in the world. This series of Kathie's Dozen Power Words will assist children and adults with Autism ~ across Ages and Environments.
I'm a huge proponent of individual speech/language therapy when children are young and also when they do not have an understanding of HOW to learn language and HOW they can take that language to manipulate their various environments. It is our job, as an SLP, to teach a child on the autism spectrum HOW to use language.
At a recent IFSP I attended, the team placed their total emphasis for therapy in a natural, nursery-school environment for a non-verbal, 2 1/2 year old with ASD. My contract, SLP, was the only professional seeing this child on an individual basis directed toward appropriate developmental skills that were teaching him HOW to learn so he could interact more appropriately in the larger environment. Of course, the SLP was using a variety of stimuli at a pace the child could keep up with, but utilizing turn-taking, attention, choices, pausing, categorizing, sequencing, and always verbal.
When the parent expressed why he wanted more speech time (used the SLP's name such as "Katie Time") he said, "Because she is a storyteller speech pathologist. She can make my child want to speak."
I think that says it all, a Storyteller speech pathologist.
POWER WORDS can make a child want to talk. They can make you a "storyteller speech pathologist."
Here is a list of Kathie's Dozen Power Words that I will be blogging for the next few weeks. At first I tried to put them in order of priority, but that really didn't work because one is not more important than another. Then I thought about giving them to you in order of when I came to use them in my long history of working with the autistic population. That order didn't seem to matter. Ah, I had it, which word or phrase I'd used the most number of times. No. I decided it didn't really matter. If the word or phrase landed on my list, it was there for a reason and the reason was a good one; it made a difference in a child's and a family's life. That is good enough for me.
I hope I "sucked you in" as my son with ASD might say. He coined this power phrase that worked for him years ago. Be sure to come back the next several weeks to read about Kathie's Dozen Power Words/Phrases: when, how and why to use them with your clients with ASD.
Here they are in no particular order:
- I'm thinking
- Work hard and have fun
- What's silly about that?
- What would ... do?
- You choose
- Pause it
- Excuse me
- Who's the most proud of you?
- Your turn ~ my turn
Which one do you think I'll blog about first, next week, on Feb. 14? I have it written already and I won't change.
If YOU are the first one to leave a comment here and get it correct, I'll send you a copy of my new mainstream, romance novel, To Dance with Fireflies.
"Speech pathologists make good things happen."