In the next few weeks we’re going to be reading “Sometimes” by Rebecca Elliot. Many of the students I work with have G-tubes and are in wheelchairs. They also, unfortunately, spend time in the hospital. This book is a great story for children with disabilities or their siblings. The main character, Clemmie, and her sibling talk about their time in the hospital and the things Clemmie sometimes has to do.
We’re going to be reading Sometimes using the format from the Tell Me Program. To learn more about how we use the Tell Me Program click here. You can download the visuals for Sometimes here to go along with our visuals book. If you own a copy of this book and would like a copy of the electronic adapted version, send an email to AmandaSoperSLP@gmail.com. The adapted copy contains the pictures only, no text, with background clutter removed for our students with vision impairments. We put each page on a light box or use the PowerPoint on an iPad.
In order to address the “dramatic play” aspect of The Tell Me Program, you can make your own G-tube doll using these materials.
- Exacto Knife
- Baby Alive Doll (This brand allows you to actually feed the doll. Just make sure you buy extra diapers!)
- Mickey Button & Feeding Tube/Extension Set (Amanda got this one by asking the school nurse.)
To insert the Mickey Button into the baby, simply make a small hole in the appropriate spot. Slowly make the hole bigger and test the button as you go, until it is the correct size.
Put the Mickey Button in and use the syringe to insert air into the button to inflate the balloon on the inside of the baby doll. Now you can feed the baby doll using water and the syringe!