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SLP Mommy of Apraxia: Speech/language with simple Christmas chains

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Speech/language with simple Christmas chains

We're in the Christmas spirit around here and we started with a classic Christmas chain. 

* I first had Ashlynn sort the strips into their respective color piles. Great for developing early sorting and categorizing skills.

* I then instructed her to put glue on the "end" of the strip.  Many kids with language delays have difficulty with positional words and she is no exception.  She kept wanting to glue in the middle, so I had to keep reminding her "no, not the middle, put the glue on the end. (Also great for O/T practice)

* We then put the strip "through" the other strip.  During this, I made sure to emphasize "through" because again, this is another word that kids have difficulty with.

* Once the chain had three links, we repeated, "white, green, red"  and then each time, I would stop and ask her what comes "next" or "after" emphasizing those two concepts. 

*Also, having her identify what comes next is the beginning of early patterning and sequencing skills.

* Finally, at the end of the activity, we counted the links! 

Easy and fun! 

Skills addressed:
Concept vocabulary (next to, after, through, end, middle)
Following directions

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At November 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM , Blogger M Brunson said...

I love this idea!

At February 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Jenn Soehnlin said...

Awesome! I did the same thing for my apraxic kiddo (he's 3 1/2) but I added words we were working on onto the links. He had to say the word on the strip before he could glue it on to the chain. Didn't think to incorporate the sorting and pattern aspect, will be sure to do that next time. :)


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