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Glimpses  |   February 01, 2018
Rice Rice Baby
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  • —Melissa (Mel) Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP, and Claudette Bañares, MS, CCC-SLP instagram.com/mc.slp
    —Melissa (Mel) Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP, and Claudette Bañares, MS, CCC-SLP instagram.com/mc.slp×
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Development / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Glimpses
Glimpses   |   February 01, 2018
Rice Rice Baby
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23022018.12
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23022018.12
Sensory bins are great tools to target core words and language concepts during play. With rainbow rice, we targeted the core word “in” using focused language stimulation. You can ask questions, direct play, make comments, request and protest. For example, “The cars are in the box.” “Where’s the car? In the box!” “Go in!”
If your group has mixed goals, you can also shape the activity to target following directions using the colors, sizes and textures of the items in the box. Don’t forget your kids who use augmentative and alternative communication—we love aided language input and plan all our activities to allow multiple opportunities to model, model, model.
Pro tip: Decrease the amount of rice in the bin and put a sheet underneath for easy clean-up.
About us:
We met while working in a transdisciplinary, intensive early-intervention program. We work in the Los Angeles area, Mel on a transdisciplinary team for difficult-to-serve students and Claudette in an outpatient pediatric clinic. Our MC.SLP posts are influenced by Emily Rubin’s work, which indicates that therapeutic programs should prioritize a clinician’s desirability and predictability to the child. Play-based learning with highly motivating toys and activities makes interacting with the clinician desirable, and focused language stimulation with core vocabulary targets (embedded across songs, books and activities) ensure familiar and predictable routines.
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