Archive for the ‘Free resources’ Category

FREE Speech Therapy Materials!

Thanks to SpeechandLanguageKids.com, there are plenty of FREE printable materials to work on a multitude of different concepts with your child anywhere, anytime! Click on the links below to check out these fun, interactive games with your children (or clients!).

  • He Does, She Does Game: This game works on proper use of gender-specific pronouns.
  • Where Questions Game: This game will help you to work on speech and language skills, mainly matching the question to the “where” question.
  • Funny Faces Grammar Game: This FUN game works on building different faces while describing moods, possessive nouns, and many other speech and language skills.
  • Sequencing Game: This game includes working on skills such as sequencing and following directions. Included are sequencing from 5 steps to 9 steps.
  • Opposite Game: This game works on learning opposites and how they relate to each other.
  • Vocabulary Game: This game can be used in a variety of ways. Not only does this game work on building vocabulary, but you can also work on basic concepts, following directions, and answering questions.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear Game: This game is used along with the Brown Bear, Brown Bear: What do you see? book. Use this game to develop speech and language using a carrier phrase, literacy skills, and reading skills.
  • Adjectives Game: This game will help children learn different vocabulary words as well as learning to describe items using their five senses!
  • Spatial Concepts Game: This game will help children learn spatial concepts such as behind, next to, in front of, on top, and so on. Very important concepts to learn!
  • When Questions Game: This game will help children learn how to properly answer “when” questions at varying difficulty levels.

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 Comments Off on FREE Speech Therapy Materials!

 

Awesome ASD Fact Sheet

The Child Development Institute has developed fact sheets for many disorders an disabilities for parents to help explain their child’s condition to others. These fact sheets also serve as a parents guide to children with autism. This website has fact sheets on many topics including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavior disorders. Go check out the website for a free printable fact sheet. Below are the Frequently Asked Questions on autism that parents may get from people about their child.

  • What is autism?
  • What are some of the common signs of autism?
  • How is autism diagnosed?
  • What causes autism?
  • What role does genetics play?
  • Do symptoms of autism change over time?
  • How can autism be treated?

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Posted by on June 19th, 2014 Comments Off on Awesome ASD Fact Sheet

 

Try These FREE Learning Apps!

There are so many FREE apps that can help your child learn in an interactive and fun way! Try some of these with your child today and have some fun!

  • Animal Book – Line drawing that links to photos of real animals and says the name os the animal AND makes the sound.
  • Opposites – Touch a picture and pick its opposite.
  • Match It Up – Pick items that go together best.
  • Mobi Pizza – Make your own pizza, choose toppings, bake it, etc. Good for sequencing and vocabulary.
  • Where’s Puppy – Fisher Price Laugh and Learn; puppy comes out and identifies body parts when you touch them.
  • Kids Patterns – Cognitive pattern skills; fill in the patterns; preschool to kindergarten age type of tasks.
  • Verbally – Keyboard with a list of frequently used words and phrases ready to use. Word prediction as well.
  • Clean Up – Helps with categorization; drag photo items to the correct location (closet, basket, or toy box)
  • ABA Belong – Follow the verbal direction to touch the one that does not belong.
  • Together – Touch the item that goes together best with the photo on top.
  • Build It Up – Sequencing game that helps children learn how to organize or sequence objects.

Posted by on May 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Try These FREE Learning Apps!

 

Fun Spring WH- Questions Game

With Spring in full swing, discuss this season with your child while working on their WH- question answer gin skills. All you need are dice and two markers to play! Get the FREE printable of the board game below here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also be sure to check out our WH- question post from earlier this month on how to work on how to appropriately answer WH- questions!

Posted by on April 17th, 2014 Comments Off on Fun Spring WH- Questions Game

 

Communicating with a Non-Verbal Child

The Friendship Circle offers 23 ways to communicate with a non-verbal child. Some of these techniques we see often in our clinic, both with our parents and therapists. I am sure that many parents use some of these techniques with their children now, however you many learn a few new tips and tricks when it comes to your child making choices, telling you how they feel, and interacting with others.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Make it mean something; if they can’t verbalize yes, have them clap their hands.
  • Use eye contact to let the children feel more engaged.
  • Use mirrors if looking into your eyes is too invasive.
  • When making choices, hold up your hands and have one represent one choice, and one present the other, this way the child just has to point.
  • Create social stories to work on different tasks, or explaining an event that will happen. Simple as using clip art and some text.
  • Make flash cards.
  • Make a free personal portfolio for your child to introduce themselves to others with Cerebra.

Visit the Friendship Circle – 23 Ways to Communicate with a Non-Verbal Child to learn more!

Posted by on February 20th, 2014 Comments Off on Communicating with a Non-Verbal Child

 

Early Literacy Development

Literacy is the ability to communicate by reading, speaking, listening, and looking and begins from a very early age. Before we can learn to read we must develop the chills that act as building blocks for literacy. Get Ahead Speech Therapy offers us a list of factors that can affect Early Literacy Development and what you can do to promote it.

Factors that Affect Early Literacy Development:

  • Language Ability: You child’s ability to speak, listen and understand. (Ex. Following directions)
  • Letter identification and knowledge: Knowing what each letter says and the sound that it makes.
  • Understanding conventions or print: A child’s awareness of print in books, on signs and in the environment around them. It is understanding how we read and knowing that print can convey a message.
  • Phonological Awareness: The ability to identify and manipulate sounds in words. It involves skills like identifying and making rhymes, identifying words in sentences and segmenting words into their individual sounds.
  • A Literacy Promoting Environment: This includes access to books as well as creating awareness of print in the environment and encouraging reading.

What YOU can do!:

  • Encourage scribbling, drawing, and painting activities. These encourage you child’s ability to use print.
  • Set up a ‘grocery store’ with empty food boxes and a cash register. Help you child to make signs for the food and the price. These helps teach your child that signs and print can send a message.
  • Play ‘restaurants’ and have your child help to write a menu. You can also involve your child in cooking activities. Encourage them to ‘read’ the recipe and let them help measure and stir.
  • Sing nursery rhymes and other songs. These help develop memory and rhyme awareness.
  • Read books! The best way to read books is to put o funny voices and involve the child.
  • Identify letters, words, and sentences in your home, at shops, and when driving. When identifying letters, use the sounds also and link it to an object they are familiar with.
  • Visit the library for new and exciting books every week.

A small tidbit about what research shows!:

  • Literacy skills improve academic performance and motivation to learn.
  • Encouraging early literacy development is more effective then attempting to rectify later difficulties.
  • Not all children start school with the same literacy abilities.
  • The children of families who are actively involved in early literacy activities have a larger vocabulary, faster vocabulary growth and better cognitive abilities than those who are not.

Click here for some Easy Language Games that Get Ahead Therapy recommends for help with expressive and receptive language can be played pretty much anywhere and anytime!

Click here for the common misconceptions of ASD and Early Literacy as told by the Hanan Centre. They state to ” Follow your child’s lead and have conversations about whatever reading material interests him or her.”

It is never too early to start!! Early Literacy is important for any child with any ability!!

Posted by on February 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Early Literacy Development

 

The Savvy Quiz for Your Child

Savvy Source offers a Preschool Kids Quiz!! This quiz is for kiddos between the ages of 2 and 6. All you have to do it login (for free!) and start the quiz. It will take you approximately 15-25 minutes to complete and asks questions about your child based on the following topics:

  • Visual Arts
  • Language Development
  • Scientific Reasoning and the Physical World
  • Music
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Number Sense
  • Autonomy and Social Skills.
  • Movement and Coordination
  • Orientation in Time and Space

After you take the quiz, your results will show you information about your answers and provide recommendations for activities to do with your child and books to read. It will also show you some of these skills and if they are “coming along” or “not ready.”

This website also has a lot of information for activities, camps for children to attend based off location and events to attend that can spark your child’s imagination!

Click below to start your quiz!

http://www.savvysource.com/savvy/quiz.do?pageHeader=children&methodToCall=populateChildRatingDetails

Posted by on January 27th, 2014 Comments Off on The Savvy Quiz for Your Child

 

How To Make Free Flashcards the Quick & Easy Way

How much time do you spend searching for therapy materials and making them?  If you are like me, you often feel like you are just spending too much time making therapy cards.

I am going to share with you my little therapy card “trade secret”.  It’s super easy, and even better- it’s free!  All you have to do is go to Quizlet (http://quizlet.com/).  This is a terrific site; it is a virtual community of people who use flash cards, make them and SHARE them.  To join, all you have to do is create a user name plus password.  You can search by topic and Quizlet will populate the results section with a myriad of choices for you to grab and print.  Or, better yet, (yes- it gets better!), you can upload whatever deck of flashcards that you want from Quizlet onto your iPad.  Poof!  Immediately, you have a deck of flashcards to use in your therapy or lesson.  No hassle, no cutting, no laminating, no fuss.  Now, if you do want to use the iPad as a platform for your flashcards, it will be necessary to have a “flashcard App”.  I like to use  the free App, “Cardboard”  (http://slidetorock.com/apps/Cardboard-flashcards-for-iPad.html).  There are other free flashcard apps such as, “Brainscapes” (https://www.brainscape.com/) and  “Flashcards Delux” (http://orangeorapple.com/Flashcards/).  It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s even kind of fun to see how creative some people are in the Quizlet community!

Posted by on February 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on How To Make Free Flashcards the Quick & Easy Way

 

Free Pictures for Communication Boards

Yesterday, I received an email from a woman working in a group home on the east coast who had several adult residents without any means of communication.  Although saddened by this news, I was impressed with her initiative to find a way to provide communication systems for these folks even in the face of a major obstacle:  no money.  I am sharing with you some of the links to internet sites that I sent to her.  These are all sources of free line drawings, pictures and photographs that can be used to create picture boards for communication.  I realize that this is not a comprehensive list, so please share your free resources…thanks!

 

Here are some no cost or low cost ideas to get you started:

Posted by on January 31st, 2013 Comments Off on Free Pictures for Communication Boards