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Dear Kathie: ''Do you
always take a language sample as part of an assessment with a verbal child or
adult with ASD? If so, what do you look for and how do you elicit the
conversation?'' - Adrian, speech-language pathologist
My Response: Thank you for asking
about the assessment aspect for a child/adult with ASD. I feel there are three ...
With Halloween coming next week, Pumpkin
Circle is a picture book you might want to consider using in your therapy.
Pumpkins are a surprisingly rich context for eliciting language! Kids love
them, and in a way, they are fruit, an activity (carving jack o'lanterns), a
scary symbol, and a link to the curriculum, all at the same ...
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 ...
This week instead of a recipe, I would like to share a fun
lesson that expands on the apple theme from last week's recipe
post. This is a lesson I created and implemented with my occupational
therapist colleague and is an imaginative mix of communication and sensory-enriched
The Story of Johnny
The lesson began with a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
With the immense popularity of
mobile devices and apps, many developers are creating apps that are actually
picture books! Some are GREAT, some are good, and some are neither. I see these
new apps as falling into two categories: ''new'' books that have never been
published and app versions of popular trade books.
An additional, and in my ...