Thumb Ball Basics I buy cheap foam balls and write target skills in the different sections. Then my clients sit in a big circle and toss the ball to a peer. The word that the catcher’s thumb lands on must be included in his or her sentence for the story. In this ... Glimpses
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Thumb Ball Basics
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Glimpses   |   December 01, 2014
Thumb Ball Basics
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.19122014.8
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.19122014.8
I buy cheap foam balls and write target skills in the different sections. Then my clients sit in a big circle and toss the ball to a peer. The word that the catcher’s thumb lands on must be included in his or her sentence for the story. In this picture, we were practicing /s/ generalization, fluency and storytelling skills. I have a thumb ball for each of my high-frequency artic sounds because they’re so popular with my clients! The kids love not being confined to chair and tabletop activities, and I love encouraging their imaginations and hearing the new twists to the story with each toss of the ball!
About me: I’m originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Duquesne University, but now I live and work in Long Beach, California. I work part-time in a K–5 elementary school, where my caseload consists primarily of children with moderate-to-severe autism and other social/behavioral needs. I also have my own clinic, where we make language fun! My goal, every day, is to get my clients moving and experiencing within their environment to make lasting learning memories. In my clinic, we operate by the motto, “Experience. Create. Learn!”
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