Where’s the Fire? Dramatic play activities are a fun way to target a variety of communication skills with young children. Wearing costumes and acting out different roles can be highly motivating and engaging. Children with language impairments or learning difficulties will likely do better with appropriate, topic-specific language if they have a ... Glimpses
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Glimpses  |   August 01, 2018
Where’s the Fire?
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Glimpses   |   August 01, 2018
Where’s the Fire?
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23082018.8
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23082018.8
Dramatic play activities are a fun way to target a variety of communication skills with young children. Wearing costumes and acting out different roles can be highly motivating and engaging. Children with language impairments or learning difficulties will likely do better with appropriate, topic-specific language if they have a visual or tactile support such as a costume—it’s more realistic. They can see it and feel it.
For this firefighter unit, we spent a few sessions practicing our firefighter roles in the speech room. On the last day, we walked down the halls, and the kids “put out the fires.” It was a great opportunity for targeting prepositions and answering “where” questions (“Where’s the fire?” On the door, under the window, next to the trash can … ). This activity was a big hit and facilitated tons of language. And whenever we do something different and get out of our speech room, the kids get super excited!
About me:
I work in an elementary school in San Diego and part-time in a private practice. I’m finishing my fourth year working in this field and I couldn’t be happier with my career choice. I have a passion for what I do, and I love being able to use my creative side in my work helping children with special needs. I also enjoy sharing my ideas on my Instagram account.
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