Category Archives: Autism

Play “Order’s Up” in Speech Therapy

Games make speech therapy fun but carefully selected games can also advance a child’s progress toward their IEP goals. “Order’s Up” by Gamewright, is not only loads of fun, but it can have language benefits too: kids learn categories of … Continue reading

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Teaching Special Needs Kids to Take Tests

I was at a planning meeting this week with a team that I collaborate with as a private speech pathologist. My client is on the autism spectrum and I had just completed a diagnostic evaluation. I shared my results of … Continue reading

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What’s New at Playonwords

Here is a copy of my newsletter in case you aren’t on the distribution list: Happy Summer and welcome to the heat wave! Normally we talk a lot about outdoor play this time of year, but we are inside to … Continue reading

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Typical Peers Helpful to Children with Autism in Speech Therapy

This is part two of my blog about the advantages of having a typical peer join your speech therapy session. Yesterday I talked about the impact a typical peer can have on a child with autism in play. In my … Continue reading

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Autistic Kids and Typical Peers for Play in Speech Therapy

It is well known that providing typical peers for play with children on the autism spectrum is helpful as they learn from models of appropriate play. Good programs for ASD children provide for “reverse mainstreaming” where typical peers enjoy the … Continue reading

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Recommended TV Shows for Boys on the Autism Spectrum

Last week I was in a collaborative meeting regarding a 5 year-old boy I work with on the autism spectrum. We discussed what play topics were hot among his typical peers so we could introduce them in a way that … Continue reading

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Conversation in Pretend Play

When parents and therapists model conversation in pretend play, kids start to imitate them and learn to take turns in conversation with their little toy pets or people. Caroline’s mom had asked me what things she could be doing with … Continue reading

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Building Flexible Play with Children on the Autism Spectrum

One of the challenges of working with children on the autism spectrum is to model, encourage and teach flexible play. Children with ASD tend to get “stuck” on a topic, toy or animal so they want to continuously play with … Continue reading

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Taking Spring Speech Therapy Outside

Now that temperatures in the northeast have gone from the 50’s to the 70’s in one week, it is time to take speech therapy outside–spring is here! This week I commented to a mom that it was so sunny on … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day

Tomorrow, April 2, is World Autism Awarenness Day! Autism affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. Celebrate the day by learning more about autism and its signs on Autism Speaks, or contribute to current research funds by … Continue reading

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