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Part I I talked about the characteristics of
the right and left sides of the brain and how they do not dance together in people with autism/ASD. I gave you twenty signs
that I see that indicate how Mr. Left Brain and Mrs. Right Brain dance alone.
Part II I was on a kick
about strategies that SLPs bring to the table to assist ...
Everybody's brains are different
and certainly, the autistic brain connects in an unorthodox manner. Autism is
not curable, but there are many language strategies the SLP can do to assist in
organizing the brains of people with autism.
It is my theory that people with
autism do not cross hemispheres of the brain, from left to ...
discussed, ''Should You Ask a Non-Verbal
Child a Question?''
that's a good question. My answer is: usually not. Instead, make statements!
Children will respond
to statements because:
They are not threatened by
They know they are not being
requested to answer
They can enjoy ...
Developing story grammar can have
many great intentional side effects that would not occur if we are only
focusing on the smaller (but important) things: vocabulary, morphemes, sentence
structure. By aiming to develop story in our clinical work, we can establish an
interesting context while still modeling and eliciting the
microstructure of ...
Have you ever thought about how
you, as an SLP, talk to people?
That means all people-- but
specifically, non-verbal children with autism.
We have two forms of sentence structures: questions and statements.
We bombard children with questions.
We do not give children time to answer
children will ...
Keeping with my previous theme of poems for
special occasions for the speech/language pathologist, I wrote this one for SLPs
as the 2011 school year begins. Beginnings are unique and can be scary for all
children, especially those with ASD. When I think of all of the children and
their fears, I also reflect on the parents who put their child ...
Our young clients with ASD aren't really so difficult when
it comes to lesson plans for therapy and fulfilling benchmarks and outcomes. In
fact, they're very easy. Look at my list of Top Five Necessities and you'll see
that the first four are ''get it and you'll have it'' kind of things.
Why not get the school year started off with a
special, personal note from YOU to the parents of your most challenging
As speech/language pathologist (SLP) at (name of school)
Elementary School, I look forward to working with (child's first ...
Children with autism don't usually like board
games because they don't know how to take turns and they don't like rules.
Board games also rely on interacting with people-now there's a threat to
children with autism.
However, when a board game is played alone, without
rules, without interaction with other people, without taking turns, is it ...
me. She's she. We're we and they're they.
That's all good,
but most of the time children with
ASD refer to themselves
in the third person.
Here is my
strategy for developing appropriate
in children with ASD.
What is pronoun reversal?
A pronoun reversal is a