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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 ...
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
In last week's Autism Spectrum Blog, What's
Silly about That?, I gave you several examples of presenting humor to
different levels of people with ASD. Being silly yourself and finding silliness
in life is so important. Humor is a language skill that is gleaned in people
with typical development, but humor and laughter has to be taught to ...
When I teach people with ASD, one of the best indicators of how well they understand language is their ability to laugh appropriately, find a sense of humor in everyday situations, and to make jokes themselves. Humor is a level of understanding that people with ASD will need in social and business relationships throughout their lives. This ...