4 Ways to Teach Kids to Initiate Conversation

Conversation is tricky.  There are so many moving parts but many of us learn it incidentally. However, for some of our students, it’s not always as easy.  When do I talk about myself vs. ask a question?  When is it appropriate to change the subject?  Sometimes as a result of therapy, our kids get really Read more about 4 Ways to Teach Kids to Initiate Conversation[…]

Teaching How to Answer ‘Wh Questions’

How many times have we asked a student, “Where do you go to sleep?” and they answer “At night”?  Or “When do you go swimming?” and they answer “in the pool”? Answering ‘wh questions’ is a difficult skill for many of our students. A typical child should be able to answer “where” and “what’s that” Read more about Teaching How to Answer ‘Wh Questions’[…]

Using Board Games to Promote Language

Teaching social skills can be one of the most challenging areas of programming.  It’s so important but it doesn’t come naturally for so many of our students.  Social skills are individualized and constantly changing so the program has to be dynamic enough to keep up.  So how do we program for this in a way that Read more about Using Board Games to Promote Language[…]

Daily Activities To Promote Language

My 5-year-old daughter just finished telling me about her adventure at the Science Centre, leaving no detail out. She’s a chatterbox! My hubby and I love listening to her, especially because she was tight-lipped until she was close to three.

To promote language in our late talker, I used communication temptations and labeled everything we saw and every action we did during our daily activities. It’s important for us to clearly and slowly model words for our little loves, because listening to us helps them develop language.

There’s a lot you can do to help your sweetie speak, too. Cross-my-heart, it’s not too much work and definitely worth the effort. Here are a few examples of what you can do to promote language in your quiet kiddo. […]

Tips To Get Your Child To Talk

beginner talkerIs your typically developing toddler (18-24months old) or minimally verbal child with ASD tight-lipped when it comes to speaking? Fret not! There are reliable ways to get your child to talk. We recommend communication temptations for the beginner talker, which involve setting up enticing scenarios that encourage words out of your sweetie. The key, moms and dads, is to not anticipate what Amy desires – you must wait for her to ask for Dora before handing over the doll. When Amy realizes that she can get access to her favourite things with verbal requests, she’ll be motivated to continue chatting. Here’s how to put communication temptations into action to get your child to talk. […]