I came across an article called “Breaking the Language Barrier” excerpted from an issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine and pulled out some interesting nuggets I thought I’d pass along that I think apply in children with special needs and typical children.
Below is one of the areas discussed.
Visual input reinforces language processing.
If you can describe what you are doing as you are doing it, and what you are seeing as you are seeing it, it will be more likely to stick with your child. Especially in the autism spectrum it needs to be reinforced that a word is a representation of an object. Our Baby activity, “Tour Guide,” pictured below, is ideal for this.
As a side benefit, this can have an impact on reading skills going forward as a connection can be made that a letter represents a sound.
Activities in the Bright and Ready decks address areas of development including:
- Intellectual development
- Coordination and motor skills
- Language, listening, and thinking skills
- Color, shape, and number recognition
- Creativity and imagination
- Observation skills
I love the way the article wraps up:
Keep searching for the keys that unlock the doors of your child’s mind. Even with the right key some of those doors are slow to open, so give it some time and be patient . . . language is the doorway to the world.
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