Tag Archive: Social Story

It’s PrAACtically Fathers Day

June 14, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

It's PrAACtically Father's Day

Some great free AAC resources for communicating with dad this Father’s Day and beyond: Talk to dad with visual conversational starters from Autism Teaching Strategies/Joel Shaul. Play a Mayor-Johnson symbol based memory game. Print, color, and create the game together and then have fun playing and communicating.   Father’s Day Activity and Social Story (for those dads that like gardening) from Positively Autism For more ideas or inspiration about Father’s Day, see PrAACtical Reflections. Have a Great Father’s Day!  

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,

Fire Safety Week Over, Need to Learn Strategies is Not

October 15, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Week is over now but the need to learn fire safety strategies is NOT.  If you missed these great fire safety resources, here they are to help you prepare for an fire emergency    The 3 P’s to Keep Your Kid Safe During an Emergency    Sensory Breaks & Learning Activities   Firefighters are being Educated in Auburn                On-Line Fire Safety Games for Kids        How To Teach and Present Information, Lesson Plans, and Visual Supports for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities        For Teachers and SLPS                Fire Rescue– an app for children that teaches the basics of fire safety through games, mazes, puzzles, matching, and more               Apples 4 Teacher- kids fire prevention activities and information    

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,

Watch What You Heat- Fire Safety

October 7, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Fire Safety

PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY- watch what you heat.   It’s Fire Prevention Week 2012– October 7-October 15, 2012.  There are many Fire Prevention Week campaign resources available through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Additionally, we learned that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has incredible safety information for EVERYONE, All the time.  In exploring NFPA’s website, we saw the dedication in protecting ALL children and adults from the many dangers of fire.  The Safety Signals Project is another great fire prevention resource funded by Autism Speaks.  We are not super worriers by nature, but thought it is would be great time to update some our fire safety supports. National Fire Prevention Association Fire Safety- Specialized Fire Drill Social Narrative Being Prepared-Autism– (Webinar) Fire Safety-Limited Hearing (great information) Fire Safety- Older Adults– (we love the posters) Safety Fact Sheets- Multiple Languages NFPA E-Newsletter– (love the focus on quality of life for people with disabilities) + lots more The Safe... [Read More...]

Filed under:

Tagged With: , , ,

Lightening, Thunder, & Rain Oh My!

August 25, 2012 by - 2 Comments

Lightening, Thunder, Rain, Oh My!

We live in Florida and there are lots of general summer storms. They can be very loud and dark.  There are also many hurricane warnings (like now for Hurricane Isaac).  Many children and adults with communication challenges can become upset or anxious because of the loud noises, the change in routines, and/or the heightened state of anxiety that is usually around the house or community. Because of this we are often asked to help find visual support resources. Here are some great prepared visual support stories and resources that we use: Bad Weather Tips and Story by Hands in Autism Hurricane Preparedness More Hurricane Preparedness Thunder/Lightning Storms Thunder Box   Sometimes though the prepared supports do not meet the needs for specific learners. Here are our tips for developing your own storm visual supports and resources   Creating Personal Participation Stories Use language of the story that is at the... [Read More...]

Filed under:

Tagged With: , , ,

PrAACtice Fire Safety

June 19, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtice Fire Safety

“Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster”.  ~Weston H. Agor I made a mistake about the dates of Fire Prevention Week. I was positive that I saw that Fire Prevention Week was 6/17- 6/23 2012.   But I was wrong… again.   I can not find where I got these dates and now I see ALL the Fire Prevention weeks are in October.  Fire Prevention Week 2012 is October 7th -15th. Sometimes though in making mistakes you learn (A Lot) and this is what happened to me (and then I shared with Carole). In researching fire prevention and fire safety, we learned that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has incredible safety information for EVERYONE.  In looking around the NFPA’s website, we saw the dedication in protecting ALL children and adults from the many dangers of fire.  The Safety Signals Project is another great fire prevention resource funded by... [Read More...]

Filed under:

Tagged With: , ,

Why a Listening Only Approach is Not Good Enough?

February 7, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

Why a Listening Approach is Not Good Enough

Not only is a Speech Only Approach not good enough, but a Listening Approach is also not good enough… Because even though a young man I know can follow simple directions with contextual cues and  his educators ‘feel’ he does not need any additional support, it does not help the young man when he should be doing the task independently.  . Because even though a bakery employee I know is usally fine (just a little nervous??) when his job coach explains changes in other employees attendance at work,  he sometimes gets so upset he has to leave his job… Because a little girl asks every day (many, many times) to go to Disney World even though her parents and teachers have told her they always go over the summer.  And because she now has a formal  behavior plan to help her stop perseverating on questions, and becasue this means she... [Read More...]

Filed under:

Tagged With: , , ,