Therapist Resource of the Week: Games for Chidren with Autism
By: Sean J. Sweeney
Copyright 2011. Reprinted with the express permission of the author as it appeared on his weblog
Whiz Kid Games is a British resource of repetitive, well-paced and language-based games designed for kids with autism, but adaptable to other populations of students. Games such as “A Day at the Market” teach about scripting, sequencing, and schema, as well as being a context for vocabulary and sentence development.
I have often found resources such as Whiz Kid Games to be great pairings with activities designed to build play scripts and interaction. For example, A Day at the Market could be a great precursor to playing “store,” and “Eric Goes to the Airport” would be a great activity before playing with the Fisher-Price Little People Airport or similar toy set.
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Hi! My name is Sean J. Sweeney and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS). I currently work as an ITS at a middle school in Newton MA and continue my work as an SLP in private practice at The Ely Center, also in Newton. SpeechTechie is an effort to combine my two passions: fostering language development through contextualized intervention, and interactive educational technologies. My goal is to post several resources a week, and present each resource “through the language lens,” meaning with an eye toward how the website or program would be helpful in speech and language interventions. I hope that this blog will be helpful not only to SLPs but also to ESL/ELL teachers, language arts teachers, special education teachers, or anyone who loves words! Feel free to comment/leave feedback or questions on any post or to contact me at sean at speechtechie.com
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