Stop everything and save your cardboard toilet paper rolls! https://tinkerlab.com/ has a wonderful idea for creating a DIY Marble Run on your wall. This activity will work with any small round items. You could even make marbles using the salt dough from our previous post. Keep reading for some AAC modeling ideas for this activity.(more…)
Category: Adapted Games
Here is a fun game for some slightly older AAC users.
There are many different ways you can play tic-tac-toe. Click on the pictures below to explore which option might work best for your child.
This PowerPoint can be accessed using a mouse, touchscreen monitor/laptop, or a tablet with the PowerPoint app.(more…)
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!
We have been slowly chipping away at the stack of games and toys got to adapt through a grant. The most recent game has been Pop-up Pirate. I am still figuring out how I am going to adapt the actual game pieces (maybe some built up handles) but I went ahead and adapted it for a touch screen on Boardmaker. Click on any of the pictures below to download the file from Boardmaker Share.
Amanda received a grant earlier this year for adapting toys and games. We made a giant list of games and all of the materials we thought we might need to adapt them. Candy Land was at the top of the list. I had seen an idea for adapting the game with textures on Pinterest a few years ago (you can click here to see the original post) and wanted to add something similar to our game collection. Continue reading to find out how we adapted Candy Land for our school.
Music can be a great motivator, especially for students with visual impairments. Amanda and I have been creating simple music activities in Classroom Suite that provide students with the ability to choose what music they want to listen to while working on switch scanning. For some of these students, this is also an opportunity to find out what their musical preferences are. I have made a few “mixtapes” that include R&B, classical, pop, country, and rock. We quickly discovered each student’s preferences (Pharrell’s “Happy” wins hands down for almost everybody).
After showing one of these “mixtapes” to a parent, she was excited to attach switches to her daughter’s headboard for her to choose the classical music she wanted to listen to before bed.
Here is an example of a Taylor Swift “mixtape” made for one of our older students.
Recently, I made a template for teachers and therapists to make their own “mixtapes”. i thought I would share the template and directions on the blog as well.
Continue reading for the downloadable template and directions.
Board games can provide opportunities for literacy, numeracy, communication, and social skills instruction. In order for students with special needs to access these games, we have to adapt the materials.
When Amanda told me that she bought 2 Don’t Wake Daddy game boards, I was excited to see how they could be adapted for our students. Unfortunately, the theme song from the 90’s TV commercial was stuck in my head the entire time.
Continue reading to see how we adapted Don’t Wake Daddy. This posts contains a free PowerPoint download and ideas for communication opportunities while playing the game.