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Four Ways to Use Puzzles in Increase Social Skills

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It’s that time of year when love is in the air and when we all talk about whom we love and why we love them. Love is an abstract concept that can be difficult for children to understand and express, especially children with social language and Theory of Mind difficulties. The first step is for your child to learn about each family member – their physical traits, their names, things they like and more. At KidSpeak, we like to take challenging skills and pair them with fun activities in order to keep your child motivated and learning.

6 Simple Ways Using Photographs Can Increase Your Child’s Language

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At our office we utilize photographs throughout all therapy sessions as well as recommend our families to use photographs in many different ways. Today we wanted to share with you six fun and easy ways you can use photographs to help increase your child’s understanding, expressive language, social communication as well as Theory of Mind and perspective taking skills.

All About Toys #6: Blocks

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Games Galore! Tips to Help Little Ones Play Games

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Games are not only fun for all children and the whole family, but they address important developmental skills. Just to name a few:
-Joint attention
-Watching others and social awareness
-Visual-spatial skills
-Increased vocabulary
-Conversation skills
-Early math skills
-Early literacy skills
-Other academic concepts like colors and shapes
-Body-space awareness
-Sequencing skills
-Fine motor skills
-Hand-eye coordination
-Early problem solving and strategy skills
-Early predicting skills
-Lots more!

Learning About Family the Fun Way

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We are just a few weeks away from my favorite holiday…..Thanksgiving! Over the years we have written several blogs on how to prepare for Thanksgiving. In 2009 we wrote about all the great skills involved with having your child help you prepare a dish for Thanksgiving http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Most-Wonderful-Time-Year. In 2010 we wrote two blogs focusing on increasing your child’s understanding of the holiday through books, art and games http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Its-Turkey-Time and http://www.autismspot.com/blog/Counting-Down-Till-Turkey-Day.

Pretend Halloween: Playing for Practice

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With Halloween coming up we are all looking forward to all the fun festivities with our kids: costume parties, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and trick-or-treating to name a few. One tip we always give our parents when it comes to helping their child be successful during holiday events is to PRACTICE. Since these events are something we only do once a year, practicing to make it a familiar routine will help them participate within each activity when the big day actually comes. How do we do this?

A Socially Successful Halloween!

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Witches, monsters and skeletons……OH MY! October has begun which means that Halloween is now right around the corner! We LOVE Halloween at our office because it provides us with an endless amount of therapy activities for the month. Halloween is filled with such great natural language and social learning opportunities. Here are six different activities to focus on throughout the month of October to help your child or student be prepared for Halloween.

Creating Conversation

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Conversation. One of the most important social skills. We use conversations to get to know a person. To share. To relate. To build relationships. When a child or adult has any difficulties with conversation, even subtle difficulties, this can affect their ability to create and sustain relationships with friends, family, classmates and colleagues. At KidSpeak, we work on conversational skills with our kids through a variety of activities and goals. Here are just a few ideas you can try out with your child at home or in therapy sessions:
Conversation Rules

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

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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.

Increasing Social Language Through Jokes

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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.

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