Tag Archive: Conversation

PrAACtical Conversation about the Olympics

July 6, 2012 by - 2 Comments

PrAACtical Conversations About the Olympics

It’s not too early to begin. It seems that everyone is talking about the London 2012 Olympics. The Olympic conversation is an interesting teaching and learning platform for almost any  communication and language goals.   It is fun, educational, and most importantly, most smaller and larger ‘communities’ will have Olympic images, videos, television shows, and conversation. There will soon be Olympic immersion.  You can TALK and TEACH before the Olympics start, while they are happening, and even after they are over. It is easy to include ALL learners at ALL levels with these free resources that do the time-consuming preparation work for you. Just use your language facilitation strategies and have fun!        News 2 You London 2012 Olympics              Widget Free Pack- Olympics 2012 Primary Treasure Chest- Olympic Printable Free Resources **Bonus- we often also use these resources for home programming because our clinic is closed... [Read More...]

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Free Apps: Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Free Apps- Happy July 4th, 2012

  Check out these App sales to celebrate and talk about July 4th! Begin the conversation today and summarize the experience tomorrow with pictures, conversation, writing, and reading.  Tech in Special Education– lots of All types of apps on free or discounted.    Get these now for conversation and social planning about Independence Day!     Visual Work Fireworks 123      I-see- quence fireworks    Real Fireworks ArtWork

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Visual Supports to Build Use of Socially Appropriate Nonverbal Behaviors

June 24, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Visual Supports to Build Use of Socially Appropriate Nonverbal Behaviors

Most of our posts are about teaching language, but today we take a little side trip into nonverbal communication. We’ve all worked with folks who have difficulty maintaining appropriate distance and making eye contact, and know how problems in these area can really impede a person’s ability to relate well to others. Our video for this week, from Autism Teaching Strategies, illustrates how to use pictures supports to teach appropriate nonlinguistic conversational behaviors. – Of course, we were drawn to it because of our own experience that using pictures as a reminder is much easier to fade than oral language prompts (e.g., ‘Don’t forget to look at me when you talk;’ ‘Quiet hands’). – What we also love about this video is the teaching strategy: role reversal. In this strategy, the SLP (or teacher/parent) provides a model of both positive and negative examples of the target skill. The learner’s job... [Read More...]

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