Category Archives: Autism

Speech Therapy Language Lessons from Picture Books

I love finding great picture books to teach language lessons. I have been using “My Dog Lyle “by Goldfinger for several goals with children in speech therapy. Lyle is quite the extraordinary dog as his owner describes his special characteristics, … Continue reading

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Great Games for Speech Therapy

At the New York Toy Fair 2011, I found many wonderful games for kids but two in particular stand out for speech therapy. “Guess How I Feel?” by Fun and Function helps kids talk about their feelings and reactions to … Continue reading

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Joshua Littman Who Has Aspergers, Interviews His Mother

If you want a peek into the mind of a 12 year-old child with Aspergers, listen to this spontaneous, precious interview where son Joshua, interviews his mother. Apparently he came upon a StoryCorps Booth ( the oral story project collecting … Continue reading

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Does Mark Zuckerberg Have Aspergers?

This is precisely the question I googled when I got home from seeing the movie, “Social Network” last night. I know that the media doesn’t perfectly portray reality but Zuckerberg’s character certainly highlighted many of the characteristics of a person … Continue reading

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Hanukkah, Autism and One Temple’s Response

Last week the New York Times ran an article about a very special group at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a temple on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. One of their congregants, Nancy Crown, had tried several years before to find … Continue reading

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“Looking After Louis,” Teaching About Autism

While at my children’s library, I found this lovely resource, “Looking After Louis,”  by Leslie Ely and Polly Dunbar, a story about a boy with autism and his classmates as he is mainstreamed in the regular classroom. It is a simple, … Continue reading

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Inviting a Typical Peer to Speech Therapy with Autistic Kids

Since I am an itinerant speech therapist, one challenge in working with autistic kids, is inviting typical peers to the speech therapy session. Often, I start as their play partner, modeling, teaching and prompting appropriate social language as we play … Continue reading

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Drawing to Build Language in Autistic Kids

A little 5 year-old boy I work with who is autistic has picked up a love for drawing. About a year ago he didn’t want anything to do with it but you can’t keep a pencil or marker out of … Continue reading

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Videos in Speech Therapy for Autistic Kids

This week I used some great videos with my autistic kids. One little boy has a heightened interest in ospreys so I found a video of an osprey hunting for trout, grabbing one, and returning to feed his babies in … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes Has iPhone App!

If you think kids in speech therapy enjoy Rory’s Story Cubes, watch them get excited about the iPhone App. Just shake your phone and the dice appear to tumble and land on images to start your story. You can move … Continue reading

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