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Speak, Move, Play and Learn with Children on the Autism Spectrum

This practical resource is brimming with ideas and guidance for using simple ideas from speech and language pathology and occupational therapy to boost communication, sensory integration, and coordination skills in children on the autism spectrum. Suitable for use in the classroom, at home, and in community settings, it is packed with easy-to-follow, goal-oriented activities and lesson plans centering around arts and crafts, music-making, cookery, sensory activities, and skills for daily living. The activities all use materials and objects which are readily available in the home or classroom, and can easily be adapted to suit children of different abilities, including those who are non-verbal. This book is perfect for teachers, speech and language pathologists, and occupational therapists who need fresh and effective activity ideas for the classroom or therapy room, as well as for parents and other caregivers who want to help their child on the autism spectrum to speak, move, play...and learn!
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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use This Book. Helpful Icons in this Book. Best Practices and Strategies that Help Guarantee Success. What is SPOT. Why it Works. How it Works. Who Should SPOT. Where To Spot. 1. Social Pragmatic Skills. 2. Assistive Technology. 3. Sensory Integration. 3.1. What is it?. 3.2. The Tactile System. 3.3. The Proprioceptive System. 3.4. The Vestibular System. 3.5. The Auditory System. 3.6. The Visual System. 4. "The Store" Augmentative Communication That Works. 4.1. Best Practices for The Store. 4.2. Activities 1-7. 5. Simply Sensory. 5.1. What's in the Bag. 5.2. Oral Motor Fun. 5.3. Scent Sense. 5.4. Stretch For Comfort. 5.5. Spring Seed. 5.6. Watcha Got?. 5.7. Noodle Dot to Dot. 5.8. Apple Card. 5.9. Beanie Shapes. 5.10. Smell That?. 6. Shake It!. 6.1. Shake Your Butter. 6.2. Shake Your Ice Cream. 6.3. Shake Your Pudding Paint (edible). 6.4. Shake Your Salad. 6.5. Shake Your Trail Mix. 6.6. Shake Your Morning Eggs. 7. Cooking. 7.1. Taco Treat. 7.2. PBJ Sandwich Shapes. 7.3. Lotsa Pasta. 7.4. French Toast Fingers and a Thumb. 7.5. English Muffin Pizza. 7.6. Fun Shape Pancakes. 7.7. Salsa Snack. 7.8. Tres Leches Cake - Three Milks Cake. 8. Artistry. 8.1. Safari Search. 8.2. Cheerios (revised version). 8.3. Fuzzy Sheep. 8.4. Noodle Painting. 8.5. Chinese Dragon or Nordic Water Serpent. 8.6. Paper "Me" Dolls. 8.7. What Am I? Collage. 9. Activities of Daily Living (ADL). 9.1. Hair Flair. 9.2. On Your Marks, Get Set, Get Dressed!. 9.3. Shoes and Socks. 9.4. Sock Ball Pitch. 10. The Miracle of Music. 10.1. The Tambourine. 10.2. The Flute. 10.3. The Drum. 10.4. The Box Guitar. 10.5. The Castanets. 10.6. The Ghungroos. 10.7. The Oboe. 10.8. The Me Band. 11. Success Stories. 12. References and Suggested Readings.

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About the Author

Lois Jean Brady is a Speech and Language Pathologist with 20 years' experience. She currently works as a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist at the Spectrum Center School in Oakland, California. America X. Gonzalez is a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant who works in several institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Maciej Zawadzki is an Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist working at the Spectrum Center schools in Pittsburg and Fairfield, California. Corinda Presley is an Occupational Therapist at the Communication Works Center in Oakland, California.


It is a book that speaks with an enthusiastic voice and encourages readers to be motivated to try new ideas. There is something for everyone involved in caring for and teaching children with Autism. -- The Word Pool Lois Brady does all things well...from reviewing and applying the latest "app for autism" to creating and documenting effective techniques that connect our special kids to the world. In this book, two dedicated Occupational Therapists and two Speech and Language Therapists combine their "first-hand learnings, insights and wisdom" to help the rest of us unlock the mysteries of autism. Thank you Lois, America, Maciej and Corinda - and Jessica Kingsley - for doing what you do so well. -- Craig Evans, Founder, Creative, fun and informative! Everything a parent, teacher or professional could want in order to create easy lessons for kids on the autism spectrum. -- Joanne Lara, MA, founder of Autism Movement Therapy, Inc This book belongs on every teacher and parent's bookshelf. Its empowering and forward-thinking formulae are so much fun that entire classrooms will want to participate. A fun and functional book from experts who know how to get results. -- Laura Shumaker, author of A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism

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