Motivate to Communicate!: 300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism
This accessible and practical photocopiable resource is brimming with ideas and guidance for motivating children with autism spectrum disorder or other communication difficulties. The clear and user-friendly format of the book enables quick access to over 300 practical games and activities for using everyday toys and games in a range of settings throughout the day. For example, if your child likes to pop bubbles with their fingers, perhaps they would also enjoy counting bubbles? Or catching bubbles on a wand, stomping bubbles with their feet or even playing bubble volleyball. The many innovative ideas in the book have developed through over 40 years of clinical and educational experience, and are designed to be fun for both the adult and the child. All the resources mentioned in this book are readily available and can be utilized to develop all levels of communication, from reaching to using pictures to communicate, to increasing the length of the child's verbal communication. "Motivate to Communicate!" is perfect for supporting professionals, parents and care givers to motivate and maintain motivation with this challenging group.
Simone Griffin is a speech and language therapist, and has worked with children on the autism spectrum for the past 10 years. Dianne Sandler is currently working as a specialist teacher for inclusion, and has worked with children of all ages with autism and complex needs for 30 years. She has designed a number of toys that are available commercially for children with special needs.
Introduction. Acknowledgements.; Part 1: Motivating & Communicating with Your Child with Autism. What is Autism? Where do I Begin? The Importance of Motivation. Your Child's Sensory Preferences. Creating Communication Opportunities. Where do I Search?; Part 2: Motivate Me with Food.; Part 3: Motivate Me with Party Toys. Wind up Toys. Magnetic Toys. Spinning Toys. Vibrating Toys. Light up Toys. Toast. Big/Little. Shapes. Utensils. Messy Play. Games. Cooking Ideas. Bubbles. Balloons. Slinkies. Lots of Balls. Cars. Stretchy & Squishy Toys.; Part 4: Motivate Me with Social Games. Musical Toys. Movement Games. Hide n Seek. Fun with Material. Party Games. I Spy... Changing sets Song. Singing. Tickles.; Part 5: Motivate Me with Outside Games. Garden Games. Water Play/Swimming. Hide n Seek. Play Ground Toys and Equipment. Sand and Snow Play.; Part 6: Motivate Me at Home & School. Pound Ball & Marble/Car Runs. Mr. Potato Head. Books. Puzzles and Shape Sorters. Shopping. Drawing & Writing. Computer. Glossary.; Appendix I: Record Sheets.; Appendix 2: Resources. Bibliography. Index.