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Month: February 2018

Delayed Echolalia as a strategy…

Delayed Echolalia as a strategy…

We were learning how to implement DIR/Floortime strategies with a youngster who has autism. We were green therapists, and didn’t know much. Our supervisor, Sima Gerber, was coaching us through play with the child. Who would think you would need to be coached to play, but we did… Following the child’s lead, we began to discover how much echolalia drove this child’s language. We were led to the work of Barry Prizant, who with a number of collaborators, had worked…

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4 ways to spark your child’s success in life…

4 ways to spark your child’s success in life…

Our habits become unconscious over time. What we do habitually becomes the foundation for our days. Those days stack up after awhile and become our months and those months roll into one big year. Whether we use the time in that year wisely is up to us more than we might be consciously aware. Whether our habits are leading us to less stress and more success is entirely up to us. Consider our children in the light of habits. What…

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Don’t say “use your words,” do this instead.

Don’t say “use your words,” do this instead.

“Use your words.” To me, the most ineffective teaching method is telling a child to “use their words.” I am not innocent- I have used that prompt in the past.  There are a number of reasons I feel we should be cueing our students in different ways.  Students with Autism, emotional challenges, and developmental disabilities often hear these words. For students with Autism, I see “use your words” as a problem because we are assuming something; that the student has…

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More ways to grow language using songs (or how I learned to follow the child’s lead)

More ways to grow language using songs (or how I learned to follow the child’s lead)

It’s been 2 days in a row now.  For some therapists, brains would be racked, consultants would be consulted, Facebook groups would be contacted, but I remembered the teachings of my graduate school and one special professor, Dr. Sima Gerber.  I knew to follow the child’s lead. My Kindergarten student started using “The Wheels on the Bus” as a framework for labeling verbs and nouns. Imagine it:   Swimming becomes “swimming, swimming, swimming…” over and over until we get to…

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