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Body Book: A Fun Way to Address Difficult Theory of Mind Skills

submitted by kidspeak

Theory of Mind is the ability to attribute mental states (beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.) to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions that are different from one's own (Premack, D. G. & Woodruff, G. 1978). We all use Theory of Mind each and everyday. Theory of Mind is very important for general social skills and for building and sustaining relationships with friends and family members. Theory of Mind skills can be difficult for some kiddos to learn, especially those with autism.

Time To Let Her Fly

submitted by juliehornok

When Lizzie turned 12-years old last December, she appropriately labeled herself as a “preteen.” She was very excited about this new chapter in her life and began craving independence like mad. No longer was I allowed come in when taking her to gymnastics. Instead, I was only permitted a quick drop off at the front door. When I asked her to do simple tasks such as clear her dish to the counter, she began to groan and say, ”Moooooooooom!” in protest, as if she was offended that I would even ask her. I also noticed that asking a preteen to take something up the stairs when she was already on her way up was simply beneath her. How could she bend down to pick up something that was hers?

Increasing Social Language Through Jokes

submitted by kidspeak

At KidSpeak, LLC we offer a variety of different social groups so that all our children can have a good social environment focusing on each of their individual social goals. We spend a lot of time first pairing all the children in the most appropriate group and with their best peer matches. When creating social groups, you want to focus on pairing children on a few things: 1) what skills do they have in common, 2) what skills can they help teach the other children, 3) what skills can they learn from their peers, 4) do their personalities match, and 5) and much more.

More Calendars! More Skills!

submitted by kidspeak

At KidSpeak we use calendars within the majority of our therapy sessions. When the kiddos are little we work on understanding the days of the week, months of the year, “today”, “tomorrow”, “yesterday” and more. You can find out more on how we teach these to our young children in our past blog

Using a Calendar to Build Social Skills

submitted by kidspeak

Last summer we wrote two blogs focusing on temporal concepts and talking about past events (“Teaching Temporal Concepts in a Fun Way” http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Teaching-Temporal-Concepts-Fun-Way and “How to Get Your Child to Talk About Their Day” http://www.autismspot.com/blog/How-Get-Your-Child-Talk-About-Their-Day). This summer we want to continue along the same path and provide you with two new ideas that you can utilize in therapy, at school and at home.

Fourth of July Sensory Fun

submitted by kidspeak

We love using sensory boxes at our office. Sensory boxes can be used for a variety of things, including emotional regulation (can be a very calming activity), vocabulary, math concepts (big/little, more/less, etc.), fine motor skills, and much more! With the 4th of July quickly approaching, what better way to prepare by making your very own 4th of July themed sensory box?

All About Mom

submitted by kidspeak

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful things we love about Mom! To help get in the Mother’s Day spirit, here is a fun Mom Flip Book to create with your child. This activity is a great way to work on a multitude of skills, ranging from simple fine motor and constructive skills to higher level Theory of Mind skills, perspective taking skills, and more. It is also great because it requires very few materials, and is easily adaptable to fit the needs of any child.

Autism in a Nutshell

submitted by juliehornok

Like most afternoons, Lizzie and I decided to take a walk to the park across the street from our house. Unlike most afternoons, there was a large family barbeque going on in all areas of the park. There were little kids running around, chasing each other and flying kites. The older kids were playing basketball, and all the adults were congregated in the center of the park, sitting in folding chairs near the tables of food.
I thought maybe the crowd would be too much for Lizzie, but instead she walked right up to the adults and stood there observing the scene. I was so excited that she seemed interested in the people. They began talking to her, “Hi there. What is your name?” No response from Lizzie….of course. “Wow. You sure are cute. You have the most beautiful brown eyes. How old are you?” they continued with their questions. I began answering for her since I knew she would not. As we chatted for awhile longer, Lizzie walked amongst their smiling, happy faces and seemed to be making herself quite at home. She even hopped up on one of the empty chairs and began happily swinging her feet while scripting one of her favorite movies.

Our 10 Favorite Sites for Free Therapy Materials

submitted by kidspeak

With the Internet, we basically have the world at our fingertips. This can make planning therapy, lesson planning and creating fun things for our kiddos super easy, but who has the time to surf for hours on end to get to the good stuff? To help you save time and money, we wanted to share our top 10 favorite websites to find free therapy materials! ENJOY!
1. DLTK’s Crafts for Kids http://www.dltk-kids.com/

Sand Timers - Set of 3: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Sand Timers - Set of 3
Price: $44.95
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699