Autism Corner: Social Dough
by Cindy Meester, MS CCC-SLP
“E” is a first grader in one of our Autism classrooms. She has a lot of great skills but of course social peer relationships can be difficult. I paired her with “J” from her mainstream classroom. It has led to many interesting sessions. I want to share the one from today. This was a spur of the moment idea that worked ….. today.
2. They gave directions to “roll” the dough.
3. They worked together to remove their creations.
4. They asked me to take a picture of their creations.
5. They asked if they could make more and who could refuse!
This was one of our socially successful sessions. The girls took turns, gave each other directions, shared ideas, used each other’s names and thought about each other with their eyes. The best part was when the girls took over and no longer needed my “coaching.”
What is your “twist” on this activity? Share your ideas in the comment section.
About our Featured Contributor: Cindy Meester, MS CCC-SLP
Cindy L. Meester, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist for the Osseo Area school district #279 in MN. She also works in private therapy at Speech and Language Connections in Maple Grove MN. Cindy has been an SLP for 36 years and has worked with preschool through high school clients. She is currently working in a K-3rd elementary school including two site-based classrooms for children with autism and cognitive delays. Cindy has incorporated technology into therapy sessions originally using an Apple IIe and now an iPad. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association. Her therapy blog was honored by being a 2011 finalist of the Edublog Awards in the category of Best Ed Tech/ Resource blogs. She is a member of Smarty Ears Advisory Board.
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