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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 ...
Books continue to be my heroes in
my school position, sometimes showing up to save me from ennui when I least
expect it. I was recently doing a pull-over sort of session in the literacy
center (the kindergarten class is nearby and my room is, well, not), and spied the
colorful cover of Alphabet Rescue, by Audrey Wood and her son, Bruce. ...
This time of year, especially in the Northeast, it can seem
like everyone is struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, including our
students. It's cold, it's dark, and the smallest thing can set us off! As SLPs,
we can be good counselors to our students and encourage positive self-talk for
all sorts of occasions.
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 ...
It scares me to
think that a child with ASD could have a tantrum on my watch. My knees -- they are a-shakin' at the
thought. It will happen, and when it does, what will I do?
Children with ASD have
tantrums. They hit and pound. They flail. They scream. They may bang their
heads against a wall or throw items. They may spit or ...
I have always enjoyed children's literature, and enjoy using
children's books in my therapy sessions. I always hope that I'm doing the
books, and my students' goals, justice. Because of this, I really enjoyed the
ADVANCE Webinar Narrative
Development: Beyond Story Grammar presented by Maryellen
Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP. ...
posted last week, my blog presented some fun strategies for targeting humor/
laughter and attention/focus for the very young autistic mind. The purpose of
these two blogs is to mesh the right side of the brain with the left side of
the brain and to help a person with ASD ''dance'' in a more synchronized fashion.
are two ...
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 ...