Ages: 7-and up
Grades: 2nd-and up
Author: Marilyn Toomey
This book was developed for teachers and speech-language pathologists to help students improve functional language and communication development. Targeted skill areas include:
- future-oriented thinking
- verb tense agreement
- time concepts
- language of probability
- interactive communication
- social language
- goal setting
- problem solving
All of these skills are used in planning and talking about planning. Planning, or understanding plans and talking about future events is often difficult for students with language impairment and/or executive functioning disorders. Also, students weak in social skills and social language areas often find planning future events overwhelming. Students with Asperger’s Syndrome or higher functioning autistic students have particular difficulty planning future events.
Abstract notions such as goal setting, laying event sequences out into the future, projecting outcomes, and preparing to problem solve are most challenging for students weak in organizational or social skills. All of these areas are targeted in this book which includes:
- activities to strengthen specific language to talk about planning; time concepts; and probability terms
- structured “plan units” featuring activities for younger children
- introduction of the “time line”
- structured “plan units” featuring activities for older students
- activities for developing new plans based on former plans
Structured activities in this book offer students plenty of practice in vocabulary development, sentence formation, and generating cohesive multi-sentence passages. These activities are designed to offer students enjoyable activities as they gain a new and useful tool to add to their communication repertoire.
Talk about the steps of 20 different plans. Guide your students to use the steps in these plans to make their own plans!
Includes: 113 pages, reproducible