Smooth and Squishy Water beads make learning so fun! These nontoxic small beads grow into soft, squishy, smooth marbles when you add water—and they don’t make a mess. They’re great for speech-language activities and for sensory and fine-motor activity as well. I used them most recently with students during response-to-intervention sessions. By ... Glimpses
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Glimpses  |   February 01, 2016
Smooth and Squishy
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Development / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Glimpses
Glimpses   |   February 01, 2016
Smooth and Squishy
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.21022016.10
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.21022016.10
Water beads make learning so fun! These nontoxic small beads grow into soft, squishy, smooth marbles when you add water—and they don’t make a mess. They’re great for speech-language activities and for sensory and fine-motor activity as well. I used them most recently with students during response-to-intervention sessions. By adding letter tiles, we targeted some great phonemic-awareness skills. Students picked out two consonants and a vowel to build consonant-vowel-consonant words. For articulation practice, the students added letters to their target sound (for example /s/) to make a variety of words (sun, sad, sit, etc.). And the students use great language when they describe how the water beads feel, explain what they are doing with the beads, and interact with one another.
About me: I graduated from Chapman University in 2011 with a master’s in communication sciences and disorders. I work for the Long Beach Unified School District at an elementary school with children who have autism spectrum disorder. I also work part time at a private practice in Orange County. I enjoy making my own treatment activities and other do-it-yourself projects.
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