Seasonal Activity of the Week: Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Autism

Thanks to the people at Therapics for reaching out to us to share this free activity!   It is great way to teach prepositions whilst helping a child with language challenges participate in the Easter fun.     It would make a nice carryover activity to send home with your students/clients over the holiday weekend.

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asdeaster         hunt

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Worth Repeating: 11 Things Never to Say to Parents of a Child with Autism (and 11 Things You Should)



We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co-workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or upset family members who are affected by autism.

So, in the spirit of National Autism Awareness Month, some of my friends and clients who have children on the autism spectrum decided to brainstorm a list of statements they wish people would and wouldn’t say.

1. Don’t say: “Is your child an artistic or musical genius? What special gifts does your child have?”

We’ve all seen “Rain Man” and know about the extraordinary artistic and musical gifts that some individuals on the autism spectrum possess. But the truth is that most on the spectrum do not have these gifts. In fact, only about 10 percent have savant qualities.

Do say: “How is your child doing?”

This is what you’d say to the parent of a typical child, right? It’s perfectly acceptable to say this to the parent of a child on the spectrum. They can share with you what’s going on in terms of their child’s treatment and/or educational experience.

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Pediatric Therapy Corner: A Better Way to Say Sorry

Thank You to Mellisa Essenburg of the SLPeeps Facebook Group for sharing this excellent article!



“Say sorry to your brother.”

“But he’s the one who–”

“Say it!” you insist, an edge of warning in your voice.

He huffs, rolls his eyes to the side and says flatly, “Sorry.”

“Say it like you mean it,” you demand.

“Sorrrrry,” he repeats, dragging out the word slowly with bulging eyes and dripping insincerity.

You sigh in defeat and turn to #2, “Now tell him you forgive him.”

“But he doesn’t even mean it!”

“Just say it!”

“iforgiveyou…” he mutters, looking down to the side dejectedly.

“Now be nice to each other.”

Harumphy silence.

This scenario might sound all too familiar– if not from your experiences as a parent, then at least your own experiences as a child. It’s easy to see how it isn’t always that effective. You, the teacher/parent/authority, probably benefit from it the most because now at least you can feel like you did something about it, allowing you to close the case.  Problem 

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App of the Week: Charades Articulation – Brand New & Free


App and Article below by Eric Raj, CCC-SLP

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine, I adore the game of charades. It’s a timeless game that has the ability to turn any uneventful get-together into an action-packed party! So, that’s exactly why the game of charades has found its way into my speech therapy room on more than one occasion (err, hundreds of occasions, to be a bit more truthful!). It can turn any uneventful speech therapy session into an action-packed speech therapy party!

Do you ever play charades in speech therapy?

Charades is an easy-to-play and fast-paced game that allows all players to have fun while describing, acting out, and guessing random words. However, in the past, charades had nothing to do with speech therapy. But that’s all about to change with this brand spankin’ new app that I created called Charades Articulation. Now, thanks to this app, charades and speech therapy have been effectively combined (and I’m happy to announce that they both live together in perfect harmony!). This Continue reading

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Worth Repeating: Autism and Drumming

Editor’s Note: One of our LinkedIn followers, Jorge Ochoa, OTR/L called our attention to an article he wrote for the Autism Notebook.  Thanks Jorge for letting us know about  it!

autism and drumming

[Source:  The Autism Notebook]

Many children with autism seem to have an innate natural rhythm. Does your child tap, flap or beat on whatever is in his field of reach?   Do his beats shift with his mood?  Is he comforted by simple patterns in his environment?  If the answer is “yes,” then maybe it’s time to consider participating in a drum circle.

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